An increasingly vigorous cyclonic situation focussed over Britain

unprecedented
ADJECTIVE
never done or known before:

According to Lamb, the 13th century experienced the highest number (by some margin) of “severe sea floods” along North Sea & English Channel coasts. Although the climate across NW Europe was still generally benign (indeed, the peak of warmth of the Medieval Age may have occurred in this century), from the middle of the 13th century, an increase in ‘unsettled’ weather events has been detected by some researchers; the first signs of the descent into the ‘Little Ice Age’. It is indeed possible that the increased storminess was concentrated in the second half of the 13th century

http://booty.org.uk/booty.weather/climate/1200_1299.htm 

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London, in common with much of the rest of the country, was already in the throes of meteorological introspection, and had been for some time. The weather, always a cause of complaint among the long suffering British islanders, had been particularly bad that year, with what seemed endless bouts of rain and strong winds gusting in from the south and southwest…[d]uring the week before the storm as many as five or six separate depressions with their origins in the Atlantic waters off France and Spain, coalesced over the British isles, forming what the historical meteorologist Hubert Lamb described as ‘an increasingly vigorous cyclonic situation focussed over Britain’

Richard Hamblyn (2005), introduction to  The Storm, Daniel Defoe (1704)

The above, and this, means we should not assume that the current stormy pattern has blown itself out. The main thrust of the storms – and preceding dips of cold in the USA – has roughly followed the sequence of Active Region 1944/1967 transiting the visible part of the solar disc. It has returned to the face of the solar disc and accuweather.com are reporting 

Last week’s thaw was a mere tease for the Midwest and Northeast with the polar vortex set to make an encore performance this week.

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