This is the spot where climate change skeptics have been having a field day, laughing at the record cold temperature in such warms spots as Atlanta and Houston. Obviously, the planet is not warming.
Perhaps it is just my contrarian nature, cautioning everyone not to draw conclusions from a small sample size, nor believe the simple explanations, but I think the past few weeks have actually been the type of evidence that climate-change believers should be bringing forward. Only the bravest of them are, because thy know how bad it looks in the news.
The switch from warning about Global Warming to Climate Change was certainly a dodge for many of the scientificly-untrained nancies who always need to A) have a crisis and B) deplore how other ignorant Americans are living. Yet there was some sense to it in theory, and we should not ignore that simply because it is buried under piles of manure. The recent record cold in many areas is certainly not proof that the alarmists have been right all along, but it is evidence that extreme weather is increasing. A dozen similar items would need to be brought forward before I would get behind even moderately expensive or intrusive solutions, but it is potentially a mark in their favor. It still could be a mark in the skeptics' favor, but I do not reject the argument simply because it doesn't make intuitive sense at first. Weather is complicated.
On a happy note for those of us who are tree-lovers, the intense cold seems to have set the emerald ash borer back significantly. That's good. For those in the area, those purple triangular hanging doohickeys you have been seeing in the forests are there to measure ash borer progress.