Thinking of friends and colleagues in New England and the extreme weather events they've experienced there... I read a terrific analogy for the interplay between climate change and extreme weather from Michael Mann, a climatologist who directs the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. In a recent Huff Post article he compared the record snow storm, along with Super Storm Sandy to a slam-dunk. "If you take the basketball court and raise it a foot, you're going to see more slam-dunks," Mann said. "Not every dunk is due to raising the floor, but you'll start seeing them happen more often than they ought to."
There you go. Very clear. And a sports analogy to boot!