Extreme Flooding

Dozens of cities in eastern, southern US set new rainfall records in 2018

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a women experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… 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).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several 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.

Dozens of cities in eastern, southern US set new rainfall records in 2018

renee.duff. AccuWeather•January 1, 2019

Rainfall records were shattered across the eastern and southern United States during 2018, but what led to such a persistently wet year?

The rainy weather on New Year’s Eve across the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic was somewhat of a fitting end to what was the wettest year on record in many locations.

Dozens of cities from the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Atlantic Seaboard, mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley received 125-180 percent of their normal yearly rainfall in 2018.

For example, Washington, D.C., received 66.28 inches of rain last year, when 39.74 inches typically falls in the city in one year.

To put this type of rainfall in context, the average yearly rainfall in the more tropical climate of Mobile, Alabama, is 66.15 inches.

In addition to Washington, D.C., Baltimore; State College, Lancaster and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Wheeling and Charleston, West Virginia; Jackson and Lexington, Kentucky; Lynchburg, Virginia; and Asheville, Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina; are among the other cities where 2018 became the wettest year on record.

It took until the last day of 2018 for Pittsburgh to join in on the record-setting rainfall.

The 0.75 of an inch of rain that fell on New Year’s Eve pushed the city’s yearly total to 57.83 inches, surpassing the previous record of 57.41 inches which was set in 2004.

In Atlanta, 2018 set its mark as the second wettest year on record, falling just shy of the 71.45 inches of rain that fell in 1948.

Jackson, Mississippi, and Little Rock, Arkansas, recorded their third and fifth wettest years on record, respectively.

The excessive rainfall has left rivers throughout the South and mid-Atlantic running abnormally high for this time of year.

As the deluge persisted farther east, it was a different story on the West Coast, where drought and wildfires were rampant.

The Camp Fire in Northern California became the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history in November.

So what was the cause of the unusually wet and record-setting year in the South and East?

It was a combination of factors, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

“An abnormally strong Bermuda high pressure system prevented cold fronts from diving southward out of Canada and into the eastern United States as is typically the case every couple of weeks from July through September,” Elliott said.

Strong high pressure systems like the one that was in place act like a roadblock in the atmosphere.

“As a result, storm systems basically came to a standstill for days on end in the eastern half of the nation,” Elliott said.

This led to a firehose of tropical moisture being directed into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic for much of the summer and early fall months.

“In addition, three tropical systems (Florence, Gordon and Michael) impacted a large portion of the East,” Elliott said.

“Gordon and Florence slowed down significantly once they made landfall, which allowed these systems to dump extreme amounts of rain over several days,” Elliott added.

Nearly one quarter of Wilmington’s 102.40-inch total rainfall for 2018 fell in four days during Florence.

The city also set a new mark for the most rain in one year during the hurricane, breaking the previous record of 83.65 inches set in 1877.

Major flood risk to remain a concern

“Because of the saturated state of the ground in so many areas of the South, Midwest and the Northeast, there is the risk of a rare widespread flood situation this winter,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

“One massive, slow-moving rainstorm could bring a river flooding disaster as the ground cannot absorb much moisture at this point,” Sosnowski said.

While streams are running high and some of the large rivers are near or above flood stage, there has been enough separation between the storms to keep most rivers from reaching major flood stage.

“While we don’t foresee such a storm over the next couple of weeks in these areas, low evaporation rates during the winter may tend to keep the major flood risk on the back burner for many weeks and perhaps something that has to be dealt with in the spring,” Sosnowski said.

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