We have reached the climate tipping point much more quickly than anybody anticipated. But with methane outgassing in arctic tundra and beginning to boil up from under the Arctic Ocean, Greenland ice turning black due to lack of snowfall, and rapid warming of northern waters, the stage is set.

Nobody has any idea when dramatic changes will overtake us, but the form they will likely take is becoming more clear. It is likely that, when arctic temperatures spike during some summer soon, the jet stream will fail because the temperature difference between the atmosphere in the far north and mid-latitudes will not be enough to enable it to continue.
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This is a journal entry I hoped I would never have to write. For most of my career, I have been fighting to prevent this, to slow it down or at least to plan for it.

What is happening is that methane hydrates are melting in the Arctic Ocean and along the US Atlantic seaboard. The methane they are releasing is adding to that already pouring out of tundra in Siberia, Alaska and Canada.
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Long Island, New York is being flooded by unprecedented rains. There are thousands of swamped vehicles throughout the island. So far one death has been reported., when an eighteen-wheeler skidded into an SUV on the Long Island Expressway at 4:40 in the morning. The storm dumped thirteen inches of rain in the region between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The normal total for the entire summer is 12 inches. At one point in the town of Ronkonkoma, 5 inches fell in an hour.

Roads remained flooded through the morning, but floodwaters are now subsiding. The deluge was caused by a storm that was trapped over the area due to an unusual weather pattern, which drove cold air south of the warm front, causing it to stall.
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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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