Meteorologists puzzled by abnormal weather - from the Guardian archive, 25 Jan 1890 | From the Guardian
It may be said without much fear of contradiction that the most general topic of discussion lately has been the weather. The extraordinary variations of this abnormal season appear, however, to have completely puzzled the meteorologists, and there has been less disposition than usual to hazard conjectures respecting sun-spots, Arctic conditions, or even the Gulf Stream - at least in this country.Meteorologists puzzled by abnormal weather - from the Guardian archive, 25 Jan 1890 | From the Guardian | guardian.co.uk
In the United States however, where equally phenomenal conditions have been experienced - dandelions, for instance, bursting into bloom on Christmas-day, beds of yellow jessamine flowering, and rattlesnakes disporting themselves as if under the impression that spring had come again
This change, we are told, has been in operation for two years, and as a consequence New England has almost forgotten the rigorous winters of former times. Winter there is no longer a "stern reality;" it is "a delusion and a snare." The New Englanders cannot sleigh as formerly for six weeks at a time, and they are beginning to regard their fathers as romancers.
[comment by UEAGuy] @mclarenross - Yes, and if you plotted all of these weather events on a timeline, you'd see their frequency and intensity increase. Look at all of the weather records set last year, high temperatures, low temperatures, longest droughts, biggest floods. By themselves they're all just weather out of the window, together they represent a changing climate.