A snow demon has attacked Siberia, with serious weather consequences for the eastern United States.
The cold and snowy season began in Russia’s Far East – including the cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk – on Dec. 1, 2014. Snowfall in Khabarovsk – reportedly the heaviest in decades – forced the city authorities to announce a state of emergency and call in military to aid with the storm’s aftermath. A month-and-a-half of snowfall fell in just one day in Khabarovsk. 
It is being called a “freak Russian blizzard.” Another “freak” snowfall occurred in Buffalo, New York circa November 17-21, 2014. Up to 88 inches of snow (over 7 feet) was measured in the Buffalo Southtowns from Nov. 17-21. In general, November “featured frequent bouts of early-season arctic air and snow, setting records in parts of the nation from the Pacific Northwest to Florida and the East Coast.” 
The snow demon which has attacked Siberia will be having an effect on weather in the United States in the latter half of December 2014, forecasts FirstHandWeather. For now, Americans are comfortably asleep (as usual). There has been a brief moderation in temperatures for now, following the curséd cold of November. However “everything is pointing towards a brutally cold mid-to-late December for the central and eastern United States.” 
Some may say, “At least we can again blame the Russians for this.” How would this be so? There is a theory that says Siberian snowfall signals a cold winter. And given the “freak” blizzard there, this coming winter will be a doozie. About 14.1 million square kilometers of snow blanketed Siberia at the end of October, the second most in records going back to 1967. Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Lexington, Massachusetts, is credited with having developed the theory linking Siberian snow with winter weather. “Cold air builds over the expanse of snow, strengthening the pressure system known as a Siberian high. The high weakens the winds that circle the North Pole, allowing the cold air to leak into the lower latitudes. The term Polar Vortex actually refers to those winds, not the frigid weather.”  Record Siberian snow cover now spells Polar Vortex in extremis and the ice cold hand descending soon in the U.S.
There are several deeper theories about the cause for the damnable cold of last year’s winter and the predicted curséd cold of this winter-to-come. The “global warming” people paradoxically point to an increase in average global temperatures. The ice melts in arctic regions and it is like melting ice in a beverage which keeps cold the drink overall. (However the theory of this being due to human carbon emissions is disputed.) Another theory sees periodic solar hibernations as the root cause of this apparent trend now of colder winters. There have been “solar minimums” in the past, such as the Dalton Minimum and the Maunder Minimum which have coincided with, for example, the 1816 Summer That Never Was, and the Little Ice Age of 1350 – 1850. Eccentric theorist Hans Horbiger suggested that glacial periods are actually the norm, and that we have only been enjoying an abnormal respite from this in our own lives (until now). “Only the ice is eternal. The universe is in constant struggle between the powers of ice and fire. On Earth the fires sometimes go out, and the eternal ice wins again.” (Background: Horbiger’s Eternal Ice, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 4, 2014.)
From this can be surmised a perfect excuse for weak retail sales of this current Christmas shopping season: “The cold weather in the latter half of December discouraged shoppers.” Between the blissful American sleep of now and the cold shock of later in December, it is hoped that Santa will be stocking up on cold weather clothing for the kiddies. Meanwhile, least-common-denominator “news” prevails: In October it was the extraordinary madness of crowds and Ebola; Currently it is the extraordinary madness of crowds and unfortunate deaths of young blacks during police encounters. Least-common-denominator “news” flits like a butterfly from “crisis” to “crisis”, thereby boosting newspaper sales and increasing viewers. Unfortunately the butterflies remember not the extraordinary madness of yesterday but just surf on the wind of whatever the “news” decides.
——- Sources ——-
 “Freak Russian blizzard: Mad snow storm swallows cars, streets, buildings in Far East”, Russia Today, December 3, 2014. http://on.rt.com/uoowkk
 “November 2014 Shattered Cold and Snow Records For Some”, by Jon Erdman. Weather.com, December 3, 2014.
 “December Forecast – Winter Forecast 2014-15”, by Matthew Holliday. FirstHandWeather, December 1, 2014. http://firsthandweather.com/458/december-forecast-winter-forecast-2014-15/
 “Harsh Winter Outlook Made a Bit More Dire by Siberia Snow”, by Brian K. Sullivan. Bloomberg, November 6, 2014.