Nature has a nice news feature here about linking extreme weather to climate change (author: Quirin Schiermeier). This is something I have been working on, and so I thought I would link to it so that i can find it later.
We want to figure out if the threat from "Meteorological Monsters" will increase or decrease in a projected warmer climate. No doubt some types of extreme events will become less frequent, whereas more. As Earth climate changes there can be little doubt that there will be a shift in the probability distributions of extreme weather. Some shifts may be smaller than 'natural variability' and thus be almost undetectable, where as other changes will be substantial, and some will require that appropriate adaptation measures are taken.
Photo: 1938 Great Hurricane storm surge hitting a sea wall. [Source]