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Over several months, a potent succession of cold fronts will sweep across the world. Ever increasing in intensity and duration, damaging storms will batter the West Coast of the United States and spawn flooding, mudslides and severe, deadly tornadoes across the US.

Similar powerful storms will pummel Europe, sending millions streaming south in panic.

Then meteorologists from the National Weather Service will issue their most severe warning yet, a storm that appears to be larger and more terrible than modern man has seen before. It forms a virtually non-stop hurricane of snow and ice that begins to bury the Northern Hemisphere under an impenetrable sheet of frost. As the weeks go by, the skies will remain turbulent and dark, and mankind will be thrust into its greatest peril.


The text above is taken from the back cover of a book titled "The Coming Global Superstorm" by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber published in 1999.

The book was first mentioned in a recent post in our forum by Texas Arcane (Tex) and I happened to find it in a Brisbane bookshop while waiting for a train and on a whim purchased a copy. Normally I would be sceptical of anything written by Art Bell given the sensationalism of his radio show (i.e. how far can you trust Art not to mould/bend the truth to support his arguments).

I was hooked from the very first page of the book. It is very well written and very easy to read. The information is supported by the things I have discovered while doing separate research on global warming and the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa in AD 570.

IT'S BUILDING RIGHT NOW 1998 was the most violent year in the history of weather, and ended as the hottest year ever recorded. According to a March 15, 1999, report worldwide temperatures are rising much faster than expected. On July 18, 1999, temperatures in Moscow hit a record 32 Degrees Celsius. Temperatures like that just 750 miles from the Arctic Circle are a dire warning: the superstorm could start at any time.

According to the BOM compared with recent decades, the Australian annual mean temperature for the past three years has been relatively cool. Despite this, mean Australian temperatures show a general rise during the 20th century, in line with global temperatures. According to a preliminary estimate released by the World Meteorological Organization on 18 December 2001, the global mean temperature for 2001 was the second warmest on record (since 1861), with Australia being one of a few regions that was not above normal.

The global average surface temperature in 2001 was the second warmest on record, 0.42°C above the 1961-1990 average. The warmest year in the 1860 to present record occurred in 1998, according to records maintained by Members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Nine of the ten warmest years have occurred since 1990, including 1999 and 2000, when the cooling influence of the tropical Pacific La Niña contributed to a somewhat lower global average (0.29°C and 0.26°C above average, respectively). The end of La Niña brought a return of warmer sea surface temperatures to the central and eastern equatorial Pacific in 2001 and was a contributing factor to the higher annual average this year.

WHAT WILL TRIGGER IT Global warming is about to cause the North Atlantic Current, which pumps warm water into the Arctic, to suddenly drop to a more southerly route. This will cause and explosive change in climate, spawning a massive storm as cold Arctic air is freed to pour south, clashing with overheated air in temperate zones.

The above picture shows the average changes in world temperature 30 years after changes to the North Atlantic Current and was produced by the UK's Hadley Centre for climate prediction and research.

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE Blizzard conditions. Sustained winds in excess of 160 kilometres per hour. Massive snowfalls. Death rates approaching 100 percent beneath the interior of the storm. If it happens in the summer, massive flooding will occur. If it ignites during the winter, it will bring the dawn of a new ice age.

The U.S. has sustained 49 weather-related disasters over the past 22 years in which overall damages and costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Seven occurred during 1998 alone—the most for any year on record, though other years have recorded higher damage totals.

HOW LIKELY IS IT According to data found in Greenland and Antarctic ice cores, it has happened many times before, as the climate flips from warm periods to ice ages. By causing global warming, we have sped up the process by several hundred thousand years.


I foresee ever increasing disasters related to the weather worldwide. We are already seeing it happening now, you only have to watch the news to see evidence of it everywhere. Instances of freak weather conditions will increase in their frequency and severity exponentially over the next few year. Will it reach the stage where a global superstorm occurs? I do not know, but it does not need to for a catastrophe to befall our civilisation. The economic burden of disasters is immense and a sustained period where one happens after the other will be enough to trigger an economic collapse on a global basis. This will result in a shift in the geopolitical balance which could well trigger war as countries such as the US fight to maintain supremacy over Asian countries who, insulated from the worst of the climate changes, increase their wealth and influence. In such a scenario China could easily invade Taiwan or even Indonesia invade Australia.

Ultimately the balance will shift and Australia may find itself alone in a changed world where Asia countries are the super powers.

For the individual, I see a need to consider carefully where you choose to live. Southern states will likely experience a sustained period of intense cold and in the far north destruction from cyclones and floods. Central Australia will experience periods of intense drought followed by heavy rain and flooding. These will have a profound effect on Australia's agriculture which could see it collapse under the strain.

You will need to become self-sufficient and skilled at bartering for those items you cannot produce for yourself.

Buy gold, for inflation is likely to be rampant. Personally, I feel society will not digress to the point where gold is not a viable method of exchange, but make sure you attend to the self-sufficiency/barter aspects of survival first.

Build your home/retreat for extremes in weather. Consider easily demountable greenhouses as an alternative to a permanent structure.

Buy a goodly supply of winter clothing.


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