The idea that all the extreme weather is due to climate change has seeped in the public and media subconscious. From today alone we have a commentary in The Guardian (not too surprising), a Reuters story on the impact on the insurance industry, worries about risk to investors on Pensions and Investments, WCVB-TV (Boston) coverage, some links on Highly Allocthonous and even a story in the Tehran Times.
So even while the denialists scream and the climate activists fret and wring their hands, I think the idea that the extreme weather is the result of climate change is taking root in the public mind, even if you can't connect single weather events to a climate shift.
I have a hunch that climate change and extreme weather will be a dominant issue in the 2012 U.S. elections. I;m talking about a hunch here, a flash of intuition, not a forecast based on careful analysis of polls, blah, blah, blah. I could very well be wrong, but I'm throwing that out there, Joe Morgan style.