Rare EF-2 tornado hits Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

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.

Rare EF-2 tornado hits Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Posted by Teo Blašković on July 2, 2019.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed that a tornado near Bendigo, Victoria, on June 29, 2019 was at least EF-2 intensity with wind gusts in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph).

The tornado flattened one house, snapped big trees in half and sent debris flying in multiple directions but did not cause any injuries. 

Tornadoes as strong as this one are unusual this time of year, BOM said.

Events such as this are known as cold season tornadoes or ‘coldies.’ They are caused by cold fronts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean.

Unlike the tornadoes of the United States which can exist for hours, travel hundreds of kilometers and occur mostly during the warmer months, coldies form and collapse in the space of about 10 – 30 minutes, BOM explained.

They consist of rotating columns of air that move across the ground at 50 – 80 km/h (31 – 50 mph), with typical damage paths being anything from less than a kilometer to several kilometers long and very narrow. Often they are only 20 – 50 m (65 – 164 feet) wide, but sometimes can be 100 – 150 m (328 – 492 feet) wide.

Australia sees around 30 – 50 tornadoes per year, but most of them are in areas with very low population.

The country has had some very strong ‘F4’ (Fujita scale 4) tornadoes, for example in Queensland in the 1970s–80s and in Bucca, Queensland, in the early 1990s, and an F3 tornado in Mulwala, Victoria, in March 2013. 

The ingredients for a cool season tornado to form can be found within the broad air movements associated with a cold front, but things need to be just right for one to form.

The three key factors are:

low-level wind shear (the change of wind speed and/or wind direction between the ground and around 1 km above the earth’s surface);

capacity of the atmosphere to support deep vertical development of cloud; and

a lifting mechanism, usually a cold front, to initiate cloud development.

If all of these conditions exist at the same time in the same place, then there is a chance that a cool-season tornado will form.

Featured image credit: BOM

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