You have been wondering and asking: How bad is this winter of 2013-14?

A new winter misery index answers that this winter in the Midwest and East is one of the harshest winters of our lifetime, according to an Associated Press report.

And it does not appear to be ending anytime soon. The National Weather Service shows below zero temperatures at least through the middle of the week.

High winds and blizzard warnings earlier this week led for difficult travel conditions. Extreme cold doesn’t help. High winds caused large snowdrifts in open areas.

The only ones enjoying this dastardly winter are those meteorologists, who love extreme weather.

In recent years we have often experienced a trend of milder winters. And we have gotten used to those milder winters.

Now, the weather pendulum has swung back to an “old-time” winter, one that some are comparing to the 1930s or 1970s.

This winter’s ranking on the winter misery index will only grow as long as the cold and snow continue. We are all at the mercy of the jet stream that has funneled frigid air south from the Arctic right into Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest.

The forecasts say that the warmth of spring is still a few weeks away, but it is coming.