A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Florida after a monster storm caused the worst floods in decades.

In some areas over 2 feet of water accumulated in 26 hours, flooding homes and leaving motorists stranded, and the death toll has risen to 35 people across seven states.Tornado warnings have also been posted for Florida, Alabama and North Carolina, with the worst of the weather forecast for Wednesday.
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This winter’s weather broke or equaled snowfall and low temperature records across the United States, and led to epochal flooding in the United Kingdom where the government, working on the theory that climate change isn’t happening, had over the previous 5 years cancelled 45 flood control projects. So what DID happen, and does the event qualify as a superstorm based on criteria outlined in Whitley Strieber and Art Bell’s book Superstorm?
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Winter has held North America and Northern Europe in a relentless grip for months, and scientists are saying that we may have to get used to experiencing such prolonged periods of bad weather. Recent research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago suggests that this is occurring as a result of Arctic warming, where temperatures are increasing at two or three times the rate of the rest of the world. The region has seen a rise of 2°C since the 1970s, resulting in a 40 per cent drop in the amount of summer ice coverage across the Arctic Ocean.read more

When I published Nature’s End in 1985, I was laughed at by environmental reporters at a press conference in Washington. When Art Bell and I published Superstorm in 1999, Matt Lauer scoffed at us on the Today Show. When the movie based on it came out, even the director said, to defend himself, that it was probably an overstatement.
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