05 October 2010

Coming to Europe: "Worst Winter in a Thousand Years"

The image at left is something out of one of my worst nightmares. (I grew up in a tornado-prone area of the United States.) Five tornados at once! It happened "just a kilometer out at sea from the port town of Novorossiysk" in Russia towards the end of August when they were having all that heat and fires.

Well, now, record cold is being forecast.

Coldest winter in 1,000 years on its way
After the record heat wave this summer, Russia's weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme.

Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.

The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe.