GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE.
I believe in climate change, with 7 billion of us on earth, it would be difficult to deny. But, I don't think that human activity is solely responsible for the recent string of terribly hot summers. I also think that with so many hurricanes in the Atlantic this season, I am beginning to doubt El Nino for this year. It might be the neutral pattern, something we have not seen for a while. Despite all the melting in the arctic, it would seem to me that this winter would be worse than last with more snowstorms and probably one big dump in February. I think cold may not be kind to us either. El Nino may be more likely as we progress through 2013 and with recent volcanic activity, perhaps, 2013, won't be a repeat of the torrid summers of 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2005 through 2008 were all hot summers, so no one can say for sure. I would think it more likely that next summer may be milder. I am not a meteorologist, but someone who is very interested in weather as a hobby and a long-time weather observer.
So, my belief based on the fact that there have been so many named storms in the Atlantic and possibly the O storm on the way before long (by the way, we have never gotten to the O storm, Oscar on this list of names for this year before). But, I would think that we are in for a colder winter with more snow this year and a more moderate summer next year. We could certainly use the break in the heat.