Extreme Heat Update


Blog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency and occurrence prior to giving birth. End of note.


Newsweek. BY DAVID MAGEE ON 8/5/18 AT 10:35 AM

Recently, the world’s hottest rain fell from the sky in California.

It was 119 degrees (Fahrenheit) on July 24 in Imperial, California when it rained, according to weather expert Jeff Masters, prompting the hottest ever rainfall.  The rain was so hot that one local resident reported it felt hard on their heart and “made it difficult to breathe.”

Masters is a co-founder of the blog Weather Underground, a sort of inside-baseball version of The Weather Channel’s weather.com. He once flew with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane hunters and is now is an online weather buff known for his detailed explanations.

“July 24, 2018 was one of the hottest days in California history, as a searing heat wave of rare intensity, even for the Desert Southwest, sent temperatures soaring to near-record levels,” Masters said.

“Death Valley  hit 127°F, just 2° short of tying the all-time world record for hottest reliably recorded temperature; Palm Springs hit 122°F, just 1° short of tying its all-time record; and Imperial, California topped out at 121°F, their hottest day since 124°F was measured on  July 28, 1995.”

The intense heat set the stage for the world’s hottest rain, Masters said. The temperature might have gone higher in Imperial Valley if not for clouds that streamed in during the afternoon, with rain showers beginning to fall at 3:53 PDT.

“At the time the rain began, the temperature was an astonishingly high 119°F (48.3°C)—a new world record for the hottest temperature ever measured while rain was falling.

“Most of the rain evaporated since the humidity was only 11 – 15% during the rain event, and only a trace of precipitation was recorded in the rain gauge. Nevertheless, the July 24 rain at 119°F in Imperial sets a new record for the hottest rain in world history,” he said.

Masters explained that rain at temperatures above 100 degrees is rare because heat at that level is usually “accompanied by a high pressure system with sinking air, which discourages clouds and rainfall.”

The previous record for the warmest rain occurred in Needles, California on Aug. 13, 2012, when rain fell at temperatures of 118 degrees F.

The new world record for the hottest rain got the attention of other global weather experts. Jeff Berardelli, a contributor to CBS News, a self-described “climate change communicator” and a soon-to-be weather professor at Columbia University, tweeted on the report, “It means that not only is Earth getting hotter but also more humid. And that is the link between a changing climate and health.”

Imperial is in southeastern Southern California, and has a population of 17,000. The area is known as a tough luck region.

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