There are also those that point to active experimental interference with natural weather systems by seeding clouds with CO2, aluminium particles and other physical methods including radio waves, laser beams and such - the so called 'HAARP' standing for 'High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program' - as a possible explanation for extreme weather.
To the uninitiated or uninformed, this may appear more like science fiction than fact, but sadly this is not the case. The science and experimentation is all too real. The only outstanding question is what precisely is being done, it being shrouded in secrecy, and whether it has had practical weather implications?
In fact, the research and literature dates back to the second world war, which had been a major driver of it, the purpose being to use natural systems to provide military advantage. A similar objective propels the experimentation today. We are all aware how important weather was to the D-Day Landings and many other confrontations in history.
The theoretical prize therefore is the ability to control weather in battlefield conditions or even to be able to use it as a weapon itself but these are not the only objectives of the research that takes in control of the ionosphere, cable-free transfer of energy and even the mental control of populations!
Certainly experiments were carried out off the coast of New Zealand in the 1940's to test the possibility of using under-water explosions to effect tsunami-type consequences on the enemy, and the science of precipitation by seeding clouds from about the same period. The latter is now reasonably well understood and is practiced far more commonly that is widely appreciated. Needless to say the potential power of thermonuclear devices makes tsunami creation more achievable. Some even think this has happened already!
'In 1994 the American Air Force revealed its 'Spacecast 2020' master plan which includes weather control. Scientists have experimented with weather control since the 1940's, but Spacecast 2020 noted that "using environmental modification techniques to destroy, damage or injure another state are prohibited." Having said that, the Air Force claimed that advances in technology "compels a reexamination of this sensitive and potentially risky topic."' (See below)
It should be noted that literally billions of American tax-payer dollars have gone into this activity, effectively out of sight and beyond the control of even the elected Congress.
Many claim that there has been an active programme of seeding the atmosphere with various substances from aircraft for many years to modify the weather. This is in fact beyond dispute. Companies even advertise their facilities for doing so as here: http://www.weathermodification.com/cloud-seeding-aerial.php.
The BIG questions are:
who is behind and in control of this, and for what purpose?
where is it being done and with what?
whether this is having the practical consequences that we see in abnormal weather patterns and events such as the warm December and excessive rainfall here in Britain - flood, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, El Niñoetc. elsewhere - is caused or influenced by these activities or not?
These questions are not theoretical but intensely practical, globally and locally, as those who have suffered in the Lake District and York (to name but two affected areas) will attest. The public has a fundamental right to know what is going on. Unfortunately government says it doesn't.
As with many other areas of public policy, there appears to be a disjoint between the elite few and the majority, as typified by the Chairman of the Environment Agency sunning himself in the Caribbean, as others struggled to cope.
Another anomaly that should be noted, particularly with the recent much trumpeted 'success' of the Paris Climate Conference is that, whilst all attention is directed towards a reduction in global CO2 production (to deny the phenomenon has almost become a modern heresy) comparatively little is mention is made about these purposeful human interferences, that most certainly DO have weather consequences.
The cynical amongst us might suspect that is the very intention!