Extreme Heat Update

Prolonged heat wave to bake Alaska, keep fire danger high into early next week

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.

Prolonged heat wave to bake Alaska, keep fire danger high into early next week

By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist. July 03, 2019

For residents in southern Alaska that have been dealing with dense smoke and poor air quality from the Swan Lake Fire, more bad news is on the way as a rare, long-lasting heat wave overspreads the state.

The Swan Lake Fire, which was ignited by lightning on June 5, has already charred over 77,000 acres and continues to burn south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire was still only 14 to 15 percent contained, according to Inciweb.

The National Weather Service office in Anchorage issued the first ever Dense Smoke Advisory for the region on Saturday afternoon, and the city’s international airport reported smoke for 74 straight hours ending 3 p.m. local time Sunday.

“The city is likely to face more smoke late this week and into this weekend,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

After high temperatures reach the middle to upper 70s on Wednesday, highs will approach or even exceed the 80-degree-Fahrenheit mark from Thursday through at least Monday.

“Although the temperature in Anchorage will probably not reach the all-time record of 86 degrees through this weekend, new record highs will likely be set on several days through early next week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.

High temperatures in Fairbanks will climb from the lower 70s on Independence Day to the lower and middle 80s by the end of the weekend and start of next week.

In general, high temperatures across the state will be 10-20 degrees above normal for early July.

A large ridge of high pressure building northward over Alaska will be the culprit for the unusual heat.

An atmospheric traffic jam will prevent this high pressure system from moving much, leading to the extended stretch of hot and dry weather.

In addition to fueling a high fire danger, the heat dome will create poor air quality as a result of air stagnation.

Air stagnation results when little, if any, wind is present for a period of at least a few days.

West-to-northwesterly winds pushed the smoke from the Swan Lake Fire south of Anchorage late on Sunday and have kept it south of the city through early Wednesday morning.

“However, fluctuating winds can spread smoke back into Anchorage at times late this week, which would lead to another period of poor air quality,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson warned.

Residents, especially those with respiratory issues, the elderly and young children, should be prepared to take steps to protect against smoke inhalation, including staying indoors and keeping windows and doors closed.

With vegetation continuing to dry out through the weekend, campers and hikers should be sure to thoroughly extinguish fires and cigarette butts to minimize the risk of sparking a wildfire.

Anybody spending prolonged periods of time outdoors should be sure to drink plenty of fluids in order to stay properly hydrated.

Even though humidity levels will remain relatively low through early next week, light winds and abundant sunshine accompanying the heat may be enough to increase the risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke for anyone engaging in strenuous, outdoor activities.

For areas not impacted by wildfire smoke, the weather should turn out ideal for outdoor picnics, barbecues and fireworks displays on the Fourth of July with no rain expected across the majority of the state.

By the middle to latter part of next week, temperatures should fall back to near normal for July as the high pressure lifts farther to the north and west into the Bering Sea and northeastern Russia.

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