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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Another severe storm lashed the U.K. on Monday, leaving two people dead and a trail of destruction in the wake of its fury.
Many rail, air and ferry services were disrupted, and it was chaos on the nation’s roads, with the U.K’s Network Rail declaring that storm damage was worse than that caused by recent super-storm Jude.

The U.K. had 34 flood warnings in place, and Christmas travelers were confronted by gale force winds of up to 90mph and torrential rain that left many places flooded and thousands of homes without power. As many people prepared to travel home today to celebrate Christmas with their families, the roads were still littered with debris and standing water from yesterday’s freak weather.
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When it comes to predicting weather patterns, Whitley Strieber’s forecasts are uncannily accurate. Beginning last summer, Unknown Country’s Climate Watch began warning that violent weather would be seen in Europe and that flooding would be likely during the winter months. That prediction has now come to pass, as last Thursday Northern Europe saw ferocious storms which caused the biggest tidal surge recorded for many decades.
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