Andrew Glikson from ANU has a new article up at The Conversation, arguing that there is ample evidence of an increase in the number of anomalous weather events since the 1970's to be confident that they have been caused by the AGW that has presently only reached .8 degree. Give the planet another 1 or 2 degree increase, and things can be expected to be much worse.
But as for the attribution of any individual extreme events, that work is still tricky, and Nature last week noted that some climate scientists doubted whether it was really useful to try to make attribution claims at all. The editorial thought this was too harsh, and in any event, it seems to me that it was more concerned with whether climate modelling could predict future individual anomalous events, rather than attribution in hindsight.
There certainly still seems to be a tension between some folk at NOAA who were very, very fast to claim the Russian heatwave was just one of those things, and other scientists who thought it was attributable in significant part to AGW. Climate fake skeptics, like Anthony Watts, lap this all up as reason to do nothing, of course.
At the local level, Brisbane's weather, which was extremely wet and cloudy about two years, just seems to have had the water turned off like a switch over the last couple of months. A month ago they said it had been 32 consecutive days without rain; I would say that it has effectively been extended to 62 days now, even if at Brisbane Airport they might have had a day with technically 1 mm of rain. On the side of town where I live, there was one day last week where a very fine spray came down for about 10 minutes,barely damping the bitumen before it evaporated. I'm not counting that as break in the dry spell. The small-ish water tank we have at home has emptied for the first time since it first filled 3 or 4 years ago.
Well, at least I expect it will be good weather to be a the beach this year; but I also expect more fires around Brisbane than usual.
Update: After yesterday's complaint, Brisbane got its first widespread storm of the season, with a bit of hail thrown in. We'll see how this changes things.