Just wanted to add that I find the anecdote vs. data-with-context thing sort of endlessly interesting as an exercise in how people think of the whole thing. I mean, we don't have a "control" planet that could possibly allow us to know whether particular events would have unfolded differently absent the current trajectory of the climate. Context is useful, but I've personally decided at this point that the idea that any event, any detail of the system, could possibly _not_ be effected in probably a bunch of different ways is likely silly.
Yeah, weird weather always happened, and probabilities can be teensy and still happen from time to time.
But what we're seeing at this point is weird all over the place at the same time, pretty much most of the time. And while you certainly can't say that it's clear, scientific evidence, it's also what most people actually live with and have hit home.
Here -- Sacramento, CA -- we just got through our driest winter on record, hardly a drop fell between late fall and early spring, which is generally most of CA's only wet season; we survive from May to October or so on the snow pack feeding our rivers, and the reservoirs we've built. If the reservoirs weren't reasonably full this year, we would be so screwed I don't even know how to express it; there would be no water. If next winter is anything like this one, we won't have enough water for most basic function, much less our ag.
It was cold, though. Unusually cold for here, on and off. We seldom get a very long freeze; we had several major, long, hard freezes this winter. And dry.
Spring here is also often fairly breezy, from time to time, but this spring has been the windiest in my memory, a cold, dry, north wind for sometimes weeks on end. Last summer, we got traces of what was essentially monsoonal moisture, wrapping back around from the east side of the Sierra -- a rare thing here, maybe once a decade -- it happened five times. It was humid in August. It's never humid here in August. Spring has felt more like August, not quite as hot but everything covered in dust and grime from no rain, and periods of intense heat mixed in with periods of strange, cold winds to advisory criteria.
Yesterday was rainy (a mere sprinkle, here) and chilly, and by the weekend, it may hit triple digits.
That's been sort of the overall picture, honestly, just a constant flipping between extremes. Everybody I know has noted it, it's a constant topic of conversation even with my many friends who don't pay much attention to any of it.