There is most certainly a pattern to climate change...
...but it's not what you may think:
For at least 114 years, climate "scientists" have been claiming that the climate was going to kill us...but they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming.
1895 - Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again New York Times, February 1895
1902 - "Disappearing Glaciers...deteriorating slowly, with a persistency that means their final annihilation...scientific fact...surely disappearing." Los Angeles Times
1912 - Prof. Schmidt Warns Us of an Encroaching Ice Age New York Times, October 1912
1923 - "Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada" Professor Gregory of Yale University, American representative to the Pan-Pacific Science Congress, Chicago Tribune
1923 - "The discoveries of changes in the sun's heat and the southward advance of glaciers in recent years have given rise to conjectures of the possible advent of a new ice age" Washington Post
1924 - MacMillan Reports Signs of New Ice Age New York Times, Sept 18, 1924
1929 - "Most geologists think the world is growing warmer, and that it will continue to get warmer" Los Angeles Times, in Is another ice age coming?
1932 - "If these things be true, it is evident, therefore that we must be just teetering on an ice age" The Atlantic magazine, This Cold, Cold World
1933 - America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776; Temperature Line Records a 25-Year Rise New York Times, March 27th, 1933
1933 "...wide-spread and persistent tendency toward warmer weather...Is our climate changing?" Federal Weather Bureau "Monthly Weather Review."
1938 - Global warming, caused by man heating the planet with carbon dioxide, "is likely to prove beneficial to mankind in several ways, besides the provision of heat and power." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
1938 - "Experts puzzle over 20 year mercury rise...Chicago is in the front rank of thousands of cities thuout the world which have been affected by a mysterious trend toward warmer climate in the last two decades" Chicago Tribune
1939 - "Gaffers who claim that winters were harder when they were boys are quite right... weather men have no doubt that the world at least for the time being is growing warmer" Washington Post
1952 - "...we have learned that the world has been getting warmer in the last half century" New York Times, August 10th, 1962
1954 - "...winters are getting milder, summers drier. Glaciers are receding, deserts growing" U.S. News and World Report
1954 - Climate the Heat May Be Off Fortune Magazine
1959 - "Arctic Findings in Particular Support Theory of Rising Global Temperatures" New York Times
1969 - "...the Arctic pack ice is thinning and that the ocean at the North Pole may become an open sea within a decade or two" New York Times, February 20th, 1969
1969 "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000″ Paul Ehrlich (while he now predicts doom from global warming, this quote only gets honorable mention, as he was talking about his crazy fear of overpopulation)
1970 - "...get a good grip on your long johns, cold weather haters the worst may be yet to come...there's no relief in sight" Washington Post
1974 - Global cooling for the past forty years Time Magazine
1974 - "Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age" Washington Post
1974 - "As for the present cooling trend a number of leading climatologists have concluded that it is very bad news indeed" Fortune magazine, who won a Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics for its analysis of the danger
1974 - "...the facts of the present climate change are such that the most optimistic experts would assign near certainty to major crop failure...mass deaths by starvation, and probably anarchy and violence" New York Times
Cassandras are becomingincreasingly apprehensive,for the weatheraberrations they arestudying may be theharbinger of anotherice age
1975 - Scientists Ponder Why World's Climate is Changing; A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable New York Times, May 21st, 1975
1975 - "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind" Nigel Calder, editor, New Scientist magazine, in an article in International Wildlife Magazine
1976 - "Even U.S. farms may be hit by cooling trend" U.S. News and World Report
1981 - Global Warming "of an almost unprecedented magnitude" New York Times
1988 - I would like to draw three main conclusions. Number one, the earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that thegreenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves. Jim Hansen, June 1988 testimony before Congress, see His later quote and His superior's objection for context
1989 -"On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but which means that we must include all doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we'd like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climate change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public's imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This "double ethical bind" we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both." Stephen Schneider, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Discover magazine, October 1989
1990 - "We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy" Senator Timothy Wirth
1993 - "Global climate change may alter temperature and rainfall patterns, many scientists fear, with uncertain consequences for agriculture." U.S. News and World Report
1998 - No matter if the science [of global warming] is all phony . . . climate change [provides] the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world." Christine Stewart, Canadian Minister of the Environment, Calgary Herald, 1998
2001 - "Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions the fact that humans are at least partly responsible." Time Magazine, Monday, Apr. 09, 2001
2003 - Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue, and energy sources such as "synfuels," shale oil and tar sands were receiving strong consideration" Jim Hansen, NASA Global Warming activist, Can we defuse The Global Warming Time Bomb?, 2003
2006 - "I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis." Al Gore, Grist magazine, May 2006
Now: The global mean temperature has fallen for four years in a row, which is why you stopped hearing details about the actual global temperature, even while they carry on about taxing you to deal with it...how long before they start predicting an ice age?