Bog 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, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.
Hurricane Olivia may aim for Hawaii early next week
By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist. September 07, 2018, 10:11:07 AM EDT
Following Norman’s pass to the northeast, Olivia has the potential to track very close to Hawaii as a hurricane or strong tropical storm. “Because of the warm waters surrounding the islands this year, we may continue to see tropical storms and hurricanes maintain more strength as they approach Hawaii not only from the south, but also the east,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Relatively cool waters north and east of Hawaii usually act as a buffer against hurricanes and strong tropical storms from reaching the Hawaiian Islands from the east. Tropical systems need sufficiently warm water to thrive. From a traditional standpoint, tropical storms and hurricanes that move up through the warm waters to the south, such as 1992’s Iniki and 2018’s Lane, have a higher chance at maintaining strength. However, due to the effects of a budding El Niño, water temperatures are significantly higher than average throughout the islands
Norman is taking a more traditional curved path well northeast of the islands. Impacts from the distant storm will generally be from large waves along the unprotected northern and northeastern shores into Saturday.
Olivia, on the other hand, will be in a somewhat different steering pattern. “An area of high pressure is building westward and is likely to help steer or push Olivia significantly farther to the west, when compared to Norman,” Kottlowski said. “It is possible that Olivia remains on a nearly westerly course through next week, which would take the storm near Hawaii during Tuesday and Wednesday.”
As a result of the warm water and other conditions conducive to maintaining tropical strength, there is a chance for tropical storm or hurricane conditions to spread westward across the islands beginning prior to midweek. “All interests in Hawaii should closely monitor the movement of Olivia this weekend and during next week,” Kottlowski said.
In comparison to this hurricane season, the 2015 Central Pacific hurricane season was a record-breaking one with 15 named systems that broke the old record of 11 set in 1992 and 1994. Following an active 2014 season and Iselle’s hit on the Big Island, 2015 brought several close calls as well as tropical storm conditions to the Big Island from Niala. 1992 and 2015 were both El Niño years.