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 woman 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.
Thundersnow heard in several states during winter storm: video
Doyle Rice. USA TODAY•February 20, 2019
Thundersnow – a thunderstorm that produces snow instead of rain – was reported Wednesday in several states, including portions of Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio from the sprawling winter storm that’s lashing the eastern United States.
Convection — upward motion of air — helps produce thunderstorms. But it’s fairly rare to have convection within a winter storm. Thunder and lightning are much more common in warm-season thunderstorms, according to meteorologist Jeff Haby.
When there’s strong enough convection, along with plenty of moisture available, a winter storm can produce thundersnow.
During a winter storm, snowflakes and sleet pellets high in the clouds can collide, WUSA-TV said. Those collisions create the same static charges as in a summer thunderstorm. With enough static charge, lightning is created.
Thundersnow is typically associated with very heavy rates of snow, which can lead to reduced visibility. And while the snow sometimes muffles the thunder, the lightning can still be seen, said meteorologist Grant Gilmore of WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina.
One of the more well-known instances of thundersnow occurred in 2011 in Chicago, which involved Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore. He’s been on scene for several other “thundersnowstorms” since then.
Thundersnow is sometimes seen downstream of the Great Salt Lake and the Great Lakes during lake-effect snowstorms too, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Be careful out there: Thundersnow can be just as dangerous as a regular, rain-accompanied thunderstorm.