The eastern half of the US completely missed the winter of 1889-1890, while the Pacific Northwest had one of their coldest winters on record.
Romm and McKibben would have explained this familiar pattern as being due to chicken farts. The pattern is almost identical to this past winter. Hansen of course would say that this type of weather was impossible prior to 1988.
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN TOLEDO FOR THE WINTER SEASON WAS 32.8 DEGREES. THAT MAKES THIS SEASON THE 10TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WINTER WAS THE WINTER OF 1889 AND 1890 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 37.8 DEGREES. www.erh.noaa.gov/cle/txtprod/pns_2012_03_01_seasonal_records.txt