-Australian sand storm, January 2013 (story here)
"Summers are longer and hotter, and periods of extreme heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer. Rain comes in heavier downpours, though in many regions there are longer dry spells in between.
-Beijing, January 2013. Source and story in The Atlantic:
"The readings in the past few days have been in the previously unimaginable 700s-and-above range, reported as "beyond index" by @BeijingAir. The worst I have personally seen in Beijing was in the high 400s, and that day I did not understand how life could proceed any further in such circumstances. The conditions this weekend have been much worse..."
Update: Also, no more oysters, and no more coffee. And these things are just the canaries in the gold mine...