As a giant Historic” blizzard heads for the east coast to the point where I’m writing it before it gets there just in case there is no power let me suggest that even though it prompted me to actually buy a snowblower I suspect there is little “historic” about it beyond our perception of it.
One of the things about humans as creatures who exist in time is we have something called “living memory” which is defined as all the event that exist in the experience of the humans alive today.
So if the oldest person in the world is say 115 then, depending of the age of their oldest memory there is a time in living memory when there was no such thing as airplanes while on the other side of the scale a five-year old of today never remembers a time without twitter, smartphones, the internet you get the picture.
What does this have to do with the weather? Simply this. Earth has cycles, some that we can clearly see every year, for example the seasons, some which are longer, for example droughts and floods that come and go as snowfall increases and decreases. And there are others that are much longer, for example the Blizzard of 78 was a huge blizzard that shut down my state of Massachusetts (although if you’re under 40 you don’t remember it) and there was the great ice storm that shut things down around here about six years ago.
However the reality is likely that while these might be the biggest storms in my memory I suspect that there have been plenty of bigger storms like it around here. They simply happened before I was born.
Such storms would have had bigger impacts because the ability of the people to move such snow & stay warm would have been harder, but also lesser because people didn’t travel 50 to 100 miles to work daily.
The point it there are likely weather cycles that are years log, decades long, centuries long millennia long and perhaps some that are even longer.
We know cycles exist, what we don’t know is why. Of course we can theorize as our science increases or make educated guesses. I for example, would guess some of this might be because the path of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun and the sun around whatever it orbits is not entirely consistent or gravitationally changes as other objects pass though our system or near it and perhaps cycles that the sun goes through as well etc etc etc.
But it’s human nature to turn things they see into “historic” events rather than part of the natural cycle of the universe because it seems to increase our own importance in it.
So by all means prepare for the storm that’s coming that all proper precautions but I suggest you Keep this article in mind next time someone tries to sell you something based on impending doom of the planet.