I think I agree with you, Kay. Mother Nature is certainly pissed with us. And, when I read stories like this, I often wonder if we, given our leaders, have a collective death wish.
On another note: you asked before about shade loving plants, Kay. I just put in some impatiens in my table-top planter which will be in shade all summer. I chose them because they are supposed to like shade. I got the run of the mill plants; not the more exotic New Guinea type which are way too expensive. The local Home Depot had some on sale--a 6 plant flat for $.99.