Hurricane Update

Hurricane Barbara roars in Eastern Pacific close to Category 5 strength

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, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Hurricane Barbara roars in Eastern Pacific close to Category 5 strength

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist. July 03, 2019

Soon after becoming the Eastern Pacific’s first major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) of the season, Barbara reached Category 4 status on Tuesday and is forecast to become a Category 5 with maximum sustained winds of at least 157 mph.

On Monday, Barbara quickly became the first hurricane of the 2019 season in the Eastern Pacific and is now a monster hurricane running loose over the open waters of the basin just 24 hours after it was a tropical storm.

Essentially, Tropical Storm Alvin, which was late to form as the first storm of the season in the East Pacific, helped to pave the way for Barbara and pull a plume of tropical moisture farther north from the equatorial region.

This created an ideal environment for a tropical storm to ramp up quickly through hurricane rankings.

“Given the anticipated track of Barbara, which will keep it in warm waters, tropical moisture and low wind shear through midweek, we expect the hurricane to become a Category 5,” according to AccuWeather Tropical Meteorologist Adam Douty.

A Category 5 hurricane is the most powerful tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale.

Barbara may become the third earliest Category 5 hurricane to form in the Eastern Pacific during the satellite era, according to the National Hurricane Center. The earliest was Ava in 1973 and Celia in 2010. Ava became a Category 5 hurricane on June 7, and Celia strengthened into a Category 5 on June 25.

However, Barbara’s northwesterly track will bring the hurricane into progressively cooler waters well east of Hawaii from later Wednesday through this weekend, leading to weakening.

“We expect Barbara to weaken to a tropical storm on Friday and then become a non-tropical storm this weekend,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Waters are warmer than average around Hawaii, but they are not be warm enough to sustain a tropical storm, let alone a hurricane at this point of the season.

Even so, Barbara, as a disturbance, is likely to bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of Hawaii from Monday night to Wednesday of next week.

Residents and visitors on the islands should monitor the progress of Barbara.

During Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, there can be localized flooding downpours and gusty thunderstorms with rough seas and surf that spread westward over parts of the islands,” according to AccuWeather Tropical Meteorologist Adam Douty.

However, the exact track and strength of the feature next week will determine the extent and intensity of the conditions.

Barbara could arrive and bring impacts just days after an unusual rain event in Hawaii. During the last week of June, a non-tropical storm system brought drenching downpours and produced localized flooding over parts of Hawaii.

Honolulu received more than 5.50 inches of rain spanning June 25 and 26. Normal monthly rainfall for Honolulu during June is a mere 0.26 of an inch. The city is typically in the rain shadow of mountains to the north and northeast.

In the Northern Hemisphere, there is a belt of prevailing winds that blow from the northeast in the tropical regions. Hawaii experiences the northeasterly trade winds which cause frequent rain on the northern- and eastern-facing shoreline and very little rain on the southern- and western-facing shores. Tropical and non-tropical storms can disrupt this pattern.

Barbara could potentially spread rainfall into areas that typically do not receive rainfall during this time of the year.

At this time, Barbara’s main threat is to ships, including those that approach or depart from the Panama Canal over the Pacific Ocean.

Swells will slowly propagate outward from the hurricane and can create rough surf conditions along the western coast of Mexico later this week and eventually part of Southern California and the west-facing shoreline of the Big Island of Hawaii this weekend.

The most recent Category 5 hurricane in the East Pacific was Willa during late October of 2018, but the storm did not reach Hawaii. Overall, there were 10 major hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific last year. The first Category 4 hurricane to form in the basin was Aletta in early June. Later, Hurricane Lane reached Category 5 status during August and went on to impact Hawaii in a greatly weakened state.

Meanwhile, conditions in the Atlantic basin remain unfavorable for tropical development into this weekend. However, some parameters that have been inhibiting tropical development over the Atlantic may weaken toward the middle of July.

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