Extreme Flooding

A powerful atmospheric river pummeled California, and the pictures look unreal

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.

A powerful atmospheric river pummeled California, and the pictures look unreal

Mark Kaufman Mashable•February 28, 2019

On Wednesday, San Jose Mercury News photojournalist Karl Mondon spotted a man in flooded Guerneville, California rowing through town in a blue dumpster.

A potent atmospheric river — a long band of water vapor that often transports ample amounts of moisture to the western U.S. like “rivers in the sky” — deluged portions of Northern California this week. The Russian River, which winds through the Sonoma County town of Guerneville, reached over 45-feet high and swamped the area, prompting the Sheriff to announce on Twitter that the town had been surrounded by water — with no way in or out.

While California relies heavily on these wintertime atmospheric rivers for its water, scientists expect these storms to grow dramatically wetter as Earth’s climate heats up.

“We’re likely to see rain in increasingly intense bursts,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said in an interview.

“This really was a firehose aimed at Sonoma County,” Swain added.

Though it can be challenging to attribute any particular blast of rain to extreme weather stoked by climate change, this destructive event does have a telltale climate fingerprint.

“It does seem to be another data point suggesting individual atmospheric rivers are becoming wetter,” said Paul Ullrich, a climate scientist at the University of California at Davis.

“This year is exemplary,” said Ullrich, noting that atmospheric rivers dumped excessive amounts of rain in California during January. “It very much supports that hypothesis.”

Generally, scientists expect California’s rainy season to become shorter and more contracted — but still have about the same amount of rainfall as in the past. That means more extreme deluges.

Once heavy rains repeatedly hit California, they set the stage for floods. The ground becomes oversaturated with water.

“That sets up the whole system to overflow,” said Ullrich.

Future atmospheric rivers are expected to bring loads of water from both the tropics and drier areas over the ocean, said Swain. Due to simple physics, as the atmosphere warms, the air is able to hold more water vapor. Specifically, for every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, the air can hold seven percent more water.

In the last century, Earth has warmed by 1 degree Celsius, and the warming trend is expected to continue, as climate scientists around the world repeatedly underscore.

On Tuesday, a National Weather Service station in the California city of Santa Rosa broke its record for daily rainfall.

“That’s a pretty impressive statistic,” said Swain.

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