Extreme Weather

Are extreme weather events (such as precipitation, flooding, drought, and heat waves) happening more frequently and are they likely due to climate change?
Skeptics’ Claim to Debunk: Extreme weather events (such as precipitation and flooding, drought, heat waves) are not increasing, but just part of a natural cycle.
Skeptics’ Sub-claims:
  • Scientists can’t even predict the weather.
  • Record high snow cover was set in 2008-2009.
Core Science Concepts Needed to Understand the Argument:
Difference between weather and climate, types of climate, extreme weather events, hydrological cycle