Whitley's Journal

The Day After Tomorrow--Watch Out!

We went to the premiere of the Day After Tomorrow with Art and Ramona earlier this week. It was a fabulous event, with the whole front of the Museum of Natural History turned into an arctic waste via the use of artificial snow. The premiere was packed with celebrities, including the stars of the movie and many others. The film itself is a mind-blowing roller coaster of brilliant special effects.

It has been generally called a tremendous boost for environmental concern, but, as science, bunk.

How predictable the media is. The press is virtually unanimous about the Day After Tomorrow: great special effects, cool movie, important that we should be concerned about global warming.

But that storm, unfolding like that over just five days?well, that?s part of the movie?s fun, but it could never happen.

And, as always, they are dead wrong, and so are the scientists being cited, no matter how august their credentials.

In fact, we have already gone beyond the edge of the known world in terms of climate. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute confirms that the North Atlantic Current is slowing dramatically. Recent studies show that polar melt is happening with totally unexpected speed.

And ice corings from Peru reported in September show that there is a powerful and climate-changing type of storm that has not been witnessed in historical times, that is capable of flash freezing plants and leaving them under glaciers that last for thousands of years.

This data, reported by a team led by geologist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State and the Byrd Polar Research Center, consists of a plant that was captured by a very large snowfall, so quickly that the tissues froze before they could die. The plant was not again exposed to the air for the 5,200 years since the snowfall took place.

At approximately the same time in northern Italy, the famous ?ice man,? Otzi, was captured by a gigantic snowfall that struck an Alpine meadow. This snow, also, did not melt until recently. Otzi was either dead or dying when the snow hit, but the point is that the meadow was filled with snow at that time, which did not melt again for thousands of years.

This evidence suggests that something dire and extremely unusual was happening to the climate 5,200 years ago. Indeed, at the same time, there was a horrendous drought throughout the tropics, so severe that humans were forced to congregate around water sources. Some of these congregations became, in time, our earliest cities.

In the Coming Global Superstorm, Art and I speculated based on older but similar evidence that such storms exist, and that they are related to the sudden stopping of ocean currents. The older evidence has been dismissed, largely because it seems so dire and so improbable, and it was collected by scientists and amateurs working below the threshold of modern recovery techniques.

Dr. Thompson?s findings suggest that the older evidence needs to be revisited, and that an urgent effort needs to be made to determine just what the paleoclimate was doing 5,200 years ago, and 11,000?15,000 years ago when the earlier evidence was deposited.

The superstorm is out there, mark my words. When Art and I went out with our book, we were laughed off the stage for even suggesting that global warming could lead to an ice age. But sudden climate change is now established science. I can only hope that the reality of the superstorm will be recognized before it?s too late to at least plan for it.

No matter what, though, the movie is going to raise awareness of the danger that we now face, as we move from known climatic patterns into unknown ones.

Look out your own window, across your own street, into the sky above your own house: in the strangeness of the weather you will see, you are witnessing the beginning of sudden climate change. Scientists lull the public when they pontificate that it will "take ten years."

Surely, folks think, we'll figure out something by then.

No we won't, not when we refuse to look at the most provocative data simply because it's too scary, and we live under a government that officially denies the existence of global warming, and proposes to gut the research budget for paleoclimatology.

Doing that at this time is as dangerous as literally cutting the throats of millions. It is an invitation to let a disaster of epic proportions, presently unknown to science, rise up out of nowhere and give us a blow so severe that we might not, as a civilization, be able to recover from it.

Uzi's frozen corpse is mute testimony to the power of nature and the extent of the unknown. Let's do the research needed and begin planning rationally. Otherwise, many of us are liable to be joining him sometime very soon.

To learn more about all of this and read our latest Superstorm evidence, go to our Quickwatch page.

To read about Uzi and the Peruvian findings, click here.

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