Ruh Roh, Hraggy. Brahd Shience!
See now the imminent storm to the eastern coast.
The importance of this hurricane Irene isn't its speed. It's not that this is the umpteenth storm of the year. It's just that it's bearing down on a raking path through some of the most populated portion of our nation. That's it.
This is not a notable climate event.
This is weather. Just like this long hot spell for us (we missed the record, darn it. Who wants the silver? Bah!), is just weather.
Just like that long icy period that we had at the end of January here in north Texas was just... weather.
I'm not a climatologist*, but I've taken Research Methods, and I've taken Statistics, and outliers happen. We tend to throw them out.
Trying to take anecdotes and turn them to prove your personal theories on climate is NOT GOOD SCIENCE, people.
*It's amazing how many folks do tend to want to argue with them that are. I'll listen, but really, if your argument is based on anecdotes, your science ain't up to snuff, y'know?