Scientists warned extreme weather events would become much more common as climate change kicks in.. 2012 was the warmest year on record as a result there evaporation and more moisture in the air that comes down as extreme rain and snow. You don't mention the souther tier of the US in your column that has had 70 -80 degrees in January and February. Its only the northern tier of states being hammered with the extreme snow. The drought continues across much of the bread basket of America. Farmers are in a world of hurt. Hay is high because of drought. cattle farmers selling off the stock. Crops failing because of heat and drought. You are fools that listen to fossil fuel funded propaganda.