Record Cold and Snow

Say it ain’t snow: 2 winter storms, then an Arctic blast from the ‘fractured’ polar vortex. Increasing size, strength and frequency.

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.

Say it ain’t snow: 2 winter storms, then an Arctic blast from the ‘fractured’ polar vortex

Doyle Rice. USA TODAY. January 15, 2019

Any hopes we had for a mild end to January appear to be over.

Just as the western storm onslaught is ending, a pair of winter storms will dump snow and ice across the central and eastern U.S. over the next several days, with the second storm a potential blockbuster in some spots, with a foot of snow possible.

Then, courtesy of our old friend the Polar Vortex, an icy blast of bitterly cold air straight from the Arctic will freeze most of the eastern U.S. next week. Unfortunately for warm weather fans, it’s only a preview of what forecasters are calling a brutal, punishing stretch of intense cold that should last well into February.

As for this week’s storms, while the first one will be more of a nuisance, the second one will be a “major snowstorm,” according to AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

The first one will sweep through the Midwest and into the Northeast starting late Wednesday and ending early Friday. Cities such as Detroit, Buffalo, Albany and Boston can expect light snow (1-3 inches) and slippery travel from this storm, AccuWeather said. A few school delays and closures are possible.

The second, more powerful storm will bring heavy snow from the upper Midwest to the Great Lakes to northern New England. Cities such as Cleveland, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Burlington, Vermont, may see a foot or more of snow. The snow should miss the big cities of the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C.

Then, the cold: A blast of arctic air, the coldest of the season, is headed into the central and eastern U.S. late this week into the weekend, part of a colder pattern change right on cue with what is typically the coldest time of the year, Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce said.

The temperature in Kansas City at the kickoff of the AFC Championship Game Sunday night will be about 6 degrees, with a wind chill of about 3 below zero, the National Weather Service predicts.

The cold is partly due to the fracturing of the polar vortex earlier this month, which has slowly pushed unspeakably frigid air from the Arctic into the U.S.

By Monday morning, much of the upper Midwest will see below-zero temperatures, while temperatures will dip below freezing all the way to the Gulf Coast. These readings are some 15-20 degrees below normal in the Southeast, and about 20 to 30 degrees below normal in the Great Lakes and Northeast, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue.

And the snow and cold has only gotten started: “This is a going to be a wild, wintry ride for the eastern U.S. during the end of January,” said Michael Ventrice. a meteorological scientist at the IBM-owned Weather Company.

More chilling: Once this wintry pattern becomes entrenched, it may be difficult to dislodge, Judah Cohen, a researcher at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, told the Capital Weather Gang.

“These impacts can last four to six, and maybe eight, weeks,” said Cohen.

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