Extreme Heat Update

It’s not wet everywhere: Record-shattering hot, dry weather sparks drought and wildfires in Southeast

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.

It’s not wet everywhere: Record-shattering hot, dry weather sparks drought and wildfires in Southeast

Doyle Rice. USA TODAY•May 30, 2019

Folks in the central U.S. may not believe it, but it’s not wet everywhere.

While the Plains and Midwest continue to endure drenching rain and record-breaking floods, extreme heat is fueling drought conditions and wildfires in the Southeast.

In Florida, 66 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, according to the Florida Fire Service. Smoky skies were reported across the state.

And with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees in some spots, dozens of record highs have fallen amid the Southeast heat wave since it began late last week, AccuWeather said.

On Sunday, Savannah, Georgia, set an all-time record high for May as the mercury soared to 102 degrees. So far, at least nine cities have either tied or set new all-time May monthly high-temperature records in this heat wave, the Weather Channel said.

Such extreme heat so early in the season “can put residents, especially older adults and children, at risk for heat exhaustion and heatstroke,” AccuWeather meteorologist Max Vido said.

To counteract the heat, the Weather Channel said to “minimize your time outdoors during the hottest times of day, typically from late morning through late afternoon. Drink plenty of liquids and wear light, loose-fitting clothing if you must be outside for longer periods of time.”

In South Carolina, because of the heat and dryness, officials are strongly encouraging residents to avoid outdoor burning amid a heightened threat of wildfires.

And while farmers in the Midwest cope with flooded fields and ruined crops, farmers in Georgia are dealing with a lack of rain: Reports from Coffee County, Georgia, included hay reserves disappearing, soils drying and heat stress to crops, the U.S. Drought Monitor said.

Over 50% of the southeastern U.S. was either abnormally dry or in a drought, according to Thursday’s Drought Monitor. That’s compared to 4% of the High Plains, 3.9% of the Midwest and 5% of the South (from Texas to Mississippi). 

The Southeast is the only part of the Lower 48 states in a drought, along with portions of Washington state and New Mexico.

“Dry and hot conditions have prevailed for the last two to four weeks, with below-normal precipitation noted in many areas for the last three months” in the Southeast, the monitor said.

The Drought Monitor noted that in Brunswick County, in southeastern North Carolina, a notice to “use water wisely” has been issued because of developing drought conditions and increased demand. The county was also considering instituting water conservation measures.

Nearby Pender County restricted water use because of an ongoing “water shortage emergency” in southeastern parts of the county caused by high demand, hot weather, and limits in their distribution system, the Drought Monitor said.

There is some good news in the forecast in the Southeast: A bit of heat relief is expected late this week into the weekend, the Weather Channel said, shaving several degrees off the searing temperatures. But, overall, temperatures should still remain hotter than average.

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