In an eerie and disturbing confirmation of a major part of the scenario popularized by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell in their book, the Coming Global Superstorm,a scientific study just published in the prestigious British scientific journal Nature confirms that North Atlantic ocean currents essential to climactic stability appear to be failing.
The paper does not mention the possibility of dramatic storms accompanying the failure of the currents, but such events would appear to be a strong possibility, based on paleoclimatological records. It suggests that the most pessimistic scenario sees Europe experiencing another ice age.
Dr. William H. Calvin warned about the consequences of the failure of the North Atlantic Current in his article, the Great Climate Flip-Flop in the Atlantic Monthly's January, 1998 issue.
For some time, the Storm Quickwatch on this website has noted an apparent change in the surface appearance of the Gulf Stream, based on observations from the ERS-2 satellite provided by the Delft Institute for Earth-Oriented Space Research. Although this has been accompanied by consistently warmer than normal water temperatures around the East Scotia Slope, indicating that water temperatures are probably higher than normal throughout the whole area, there is no evidence that the Gulf Stream will stop.
"So far we have only seen a reduction (in current flow) and we don't know if this will be a closing or not," one of the authors of the study, Dr. Bogi Hansen of the Faroes Fisheries Laboratory commented.
Records from the past suggest that the climate has changed suddenly and dramatically when thermohaline circulation has faltered. There appears to be a "rubber band" effect involved, which tests the mechanism until it suddenly snaps. At present, there is no way to tell where this point may be.
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