A massive weather formation has developed that is nearly nine thousand miles long, stretching from the equatorial Pacific into the northern part of the northern hemisphere, driving moist tropical air from the Pacific deep into the United States.
The formation is causing flooding in previously drought-afflicted Texas, and is driving a flow of warm, extremely moist air far to the north. It is unusual for a weather system this large to develop in earth's atmosphere, and its presence could be another sign of climate change.
In The Coming Global Superstorm, Art Bell and Whitley Strieber referred to theories that very large scale atmospheric phenomena like this would develop as the earth warmed, and the storm described in the book starts when a gigantic flow of warm, moist tropical air drives into the far north, a flow that is interrupted when ocean currents cease to support it. There is then a collision between the tropical air mass and cold air pouring down from the arctic in the wake of the collapsed currents.
There has been evidence that surface features of the North Atlantic Current have been weakening since 1999, and the recent severe storms that swept northern Europe may be connected with this process.
At the present time, arctic weather conditions are relatively normal for this time of year. However, if a significant temperature spike should now appear in the arctic, it would be cause for concern. In any case, the penetration of warm, humid tropical air so deeply into the northern hemisphere at this time of year sets the stage for further dramatic weather over the next few weeks, possibly taking the form of strong blizzards across the midwest.
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