Funny how the author carefully avoids naming this as it is, the McFarland Signature. We humans are so full of pride and "scientists" shame everyone else. Here's the old paper: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ssd/techmemo/tm88.htm 

...and here is the guy who actually noticed it before these well paid muppets: http://theweathercentre.blogspot.ca/p/final-2012-2013-winter-forecast.html

...and last, but not least :P, my mystical hunch back in october-november... I will see how well that works for me... now it doesnt look too good.