I think by this time, it's worth opening up a discussion about this. Keep in mind that I mean, of course, recorded history - I'm sure the Native Americans experienced some whoppers over the past couple of thousand years, but they didn't record it.
Just a few things to keep in mind:
*Worst blizzard in Iowa history (December 8 IIRC).
*Snow pack here in Iowa (5"+) is blowing the old record away by a long shot. For a metric to compare with relatively recent winters, school closings have blown the old record away by a long shot as well, and are so high in number that summer school and weekend school is already being discussed with winter's end still ~45 days away.
*Historic Christmas blizzard hits North Texas and Oklahoma, dumping more snow on my hometown of Wichita Falls than any other time in its recorded history.
*Worst snow to hit the East Coast in over two centuries.
*Continuous severe weather and massive mudslides in California.
*Ice storms galore in the Midwest.
*Near record-breaking cold snap before the southwest flow arrived in January.
By almost every metric, I'd say this winter is not only the worst in Iowa history, but U.S. history, as well. What other winter could even compare, and why?