NOAA claims that 2012 was the second most extreme weather in US history, despite a record low tornado count and the longest stretch since the Civil War without a major hurricane.
They accomplished this by defining mild weather as extreme. I spent last winter in Maryland, and the weather was picture perfect. But NOAA says that last winter was the third most extreme winter in northeastern US history.
NOAA is driven by politics, and their climate science has become a complete joke. Their predecessors described their behavior as a crime against the community.