Do you ignore the recent extreme temperature records on purpose, or what exactly do you consider "severe weather"?
I consider actual severe weather as predicted, not the supposed "extreme" temperature records (which aren't that far out of normal).
We were told that hurricanes, for example, would be increasing dramatically in the short term. The incidence of hurricanes - and hurricane severity - has gone down, for much the same reason as the article gives for increased lightning strikes.
We were told that snow would be a "thing of the past" in many parts of the world (such as the United Kingdom) by now. Nope.
Tornadoes increasing in frequency and power? For the same reason, AGAIN? Not so much.
The only straw you have to grasp at is "temperature extremes" - which aren't that extreme, and which are mostly showing up in urban centers, due to the Urban Heat Island effect. They're having some severe issues with measurement. For example, they set a new high temperature record for May (102 F) in Wichita, Kansas - but that "record" was at a thermometer surrounded by asphalt, in the middle of an airport, which has been surrounded by developments since the original record was set in 1933...
You should note, by the way, that the "scientific" global warming prediction wasn't for high temperature records, but for higher low temperatures at night and at higher latitudes.