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Record Storm Pummels US, Gigantic Cyclone Aims for Australia

First it was drought, then it was massive floods--now Australia faces a hurricane that is estimated to be twice the size of hurricane Katrina and at least as powerful. The Australian Meteorology Bureau issued the following warning: 'This impact is likely to be more life threatening than any experienced during recent generations." The largest typhoon so far recorded was supertyphoon Tip, which struck Guam in 1979 with 200 mph winds. Yasi has so far displayed winds of 180 miles per hour and is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours.

Last October, the US Midwest experienced a gigantic storm, with the lowest barometric pressure readings ever recorded in the United States for a continental storm. Subsequently, the eastern US has experienced a series of powerful winter storms, culminating in the current blast, which has affected the eastern half of the country from north Texas to Maine. As of February 2, over 1,300 flights had been cancelled and four more days of serious storm conditions are expected. The massive storm's front stretched 2,100 miles from the southeastern US and into Canada, and federal emergency services were being deployed in at least 20 states.

Whitley Strieber comments, "I dearly wish that this was not happening. It is not pleasant to be a prophet in a situation like this. But we are probably due for more violent weather in the future, both winter and summer. We can expect continued crop failures and rising food prices, which are a special danger to the 3rd world, where most people are already living at the edge of hunger, or are now hungry. The one thing that could help us would be a reduction in solar energy reaching the earth. What is happening now is that melting ice in the arctic is causing fresh water, which exchanges heat much more rapidly, to flow south into the mid-Atlantic. As water temperatures equalize, the Gulf Stream is weakening. All of this adds up to the sort of extreme weather pattern that was predicted in Superstorm, the book I published with Art Bell in 1999. Unfortunately, the principles in the book, which I had obtained from the Master of the Key, were generally scoffed at and the danger was ignored. The one thing that might help us would be if there is a period of reduced solar energy. This would return earthly climate to a more stable pattern, at least for a time. As matters stand, this ferocious winter will give way to a blistering summer in the northern hemisphere, after a spring marked by violent weather."

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According to UC-regular Linda Moulton Howe's recent article, there is no actual evidence that the Gulf stream is weakening, nor is it likely to weaken significantly even with a complete polar meltdown; but there are other forces at play likely due to climate change causing our current weather problems.
See http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1813&category=Environment .

Interesting that these extreme weather events have happened while the Australian Dollar was high and the economy was booming ... well not any more! Weather wars perhaps?

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