It's winter in the southern hemisphere, some extreme weather there too:
Chile hit by 'white earthquake' of heavy snow
A "white earthquake" of heavy snow has blanketed parts of Chile leading the government to declare a "disaster area" in eight municipalities where around 16,000 people were left isolated.Temperatures plunged to as low as -23 C (-9.4F) in some rural areas as severe snowfall wreaked havoc, leaving people without food supplies
, mobile phone signals or radio communications. Miguel Mellado, governor of the province of Cautin, said that in four days from Sunday to Wednesday the area had seen "four months worth of snowfall."
In the town of Lonquimay, around 350 miles south of the capital Santiago, more than 6,500 people were trapped in their homes after snow piled up to 2.3 metres (7ft 6ins), while in surrounding rural areas it was reported to have reached 9ft.
According to the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, the sub-zero temperatures froze pipes leaving many residents without water while even fuel in car's petrol tanks had become frozen
Although severe cold weather is not unusual in the region, close to the border with Argentina, Mr Pinera described the current polar front as the worst it had seen in 30 years.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/chile/8656274/Chile-hit-by-white-earthquake-of-heavy-snow.html
That's the theme I keep seeing with these successive weather events. "Worst in 30 years," "Once in two hundred years," "A hundred year flood," etc. etc.
This makes sense to me, that global warming would cause more rainfall / snowfall so that we have floods and high humidity in the northern hemisphere, record snowfall at the same time in southern hemisphere.
We'll have to wait a few years and see if "once in 30 years" events keep happening in the same area every couple years that's when you'd know something's not right.
But if the anti climate change camp is correct, then so many records and "once in a hundred years" things have already happened we should be set now for the rest of our lives right?
(I'm still objective though, statistically events can randomly bunch up.. I remember a spat of hurricanes in Florida, I thought that might be climate change but then the hurricanes stopped.. what I look for is continued extreme weather in the same areas more frequent than in the past)