the article went on to say things that in the past that major volcanic eruptions can trigger colder winters in the years following
The Iceland volcano of 2010 was not in that league.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_Explosivity_Index
The above is a logarithmic scale like Richter for earthquakes. You have to get up to 6 (Krakatoa, Pinatubo) for a discernable climate impact. Tambora (which I saw in cloud on my recent dive trip to Indonesia) was the only 7 of the past 3,000 years. Mt. St. Helens was a 5 and the Iceland volcano of 2010 was a 4.
In my experience when an el nino is forecasted the beging of the season tends to get a lot of snow followed by a drought for a month or two then a huge dump in remaining months expected to have snow
Not nearly enough data to draw conclusions like this. There is an impression that El Nino hits late season more than early season, certainly true in California during the 2 huge El Ninos in 1983 and 1998. Even if this part is true, it is not that likely to apply to moderate/weak El Ninos.
i did notice this summer was colder and very inconsistent in temp.
Localism to an extreme degree. No question the PNW had a cool spring/summer. I'm sure most of us have read plenty that North America as a whole set numerous temperature records on the upside. 2012 is likely to be the overall warmest year for North America in the ~100+ years of detail temperature records.
how all that can relate to global warming
The 2012 North America temperatures are already fueling that issue. I do not know whether other areas in the world have been warm enough for 2012 to break out above the previous world overall highs of 1998, 2005 and 2010 (roughly equivalent).
(12/13 season, 13/14 season, and 14/15 season) the 13/14 being the coldest winter since the 70's.
This is inline with Joe Bastardi's forecast. He believes that due to Pacific Decadal Oscillation and solar influences overall world temps will cool to the 1970's level by 2030. As with the AGW advocates, Bastardi's predictions should be measured vs. reality. He said going into the cold 2008 winter with the ongoing cooling trend that 2007 would remain the maximum arctic ice melt and that summer arctic ice extent would start to increase. But 2012 arctic ice melt is more than 2007. I'll bet we see a lot of publicity about this when the final 2012 arctic ice minimum is official within the next few weeks.