October was much less snowy than it should have been in the Continental United States. Here's a map I made of normal October snowfall (colors) vs. October 2010 snowfall, as reported by the official climate stations in AccuWeather's database. As you can see, the coverage of non-zero reports is much smaller than it should have been.
Denver had no snow, something that hasn't happened in 88.5% of previous years of record. Flakes haven't been seen at all in most of the country. I'm not sure how much snow Montreal, Quebec, Canada normally has by now but I bet it's a lot more than the 1.2" they got at the end of October.
Extreme lake-effect snow fell south and east of Buffalo, New York, this week, but is it a record? Not even close... so far.
The second shot of reinforcing cold air from last week's polar vortex invasion is coming in -- as more than half the nation is snow-covered.
Yes, that term "polar vortex" is back in the news. Please take this arctic outbreak for the serious meteorological beast that it is; see stats and maps here.
Ladies and gentlemen... we have a record-breaker. The most powerful storm in recorded North Pacific history has hit the Alaskan islands.
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been plagued with rain this week, and it's not slowing down until later this weekend.
Is this Jupiter's "red spot?" No, but it might be the most intense storm on Earth this year, and perhaps in recorded history for the Bering Strait and Alaska.