If the summer months keep breaking records but the winter months keep canceling them out, that still indicates there is an ongoing change even if the "average" isn't moving. For example, what's worse, an increase of 1 degree to the mean or an increase of 10 degrees to the range? (answer is I don't actually know, it's just an "engage the reader's brain" thing). I think people should be less fixated on a single measuring stick; climate is more nuanced than that. But "global warming" was a great phrase to grab people's attention (or if you're more cynical, to sell ads); suddenly everyone was an armchair climatologist. Have to admit it was fun picking a side and debating it for a while. The energy companies picking a side took the fun out of it. Nowadays I mostly just read and lurk. Mostly.
Hurricanes (cyclones here in the antipodes) fascinate me too, but I'm moving inland next month - seeing them only on TV will be a fine fringe benefit! I wouldn't wish a Cat 5 on anyone. A Cat 1 is bad enough (been through two of those, friends lost their roof, have no desire to be able to personally compare a 5).