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.
Ice Age vs Global Warming: It’s not just Europe who have had an incredible warm start to 2020! So far over 5,500 daily warm records have been tied or set, trouncing the number of cold records in the U.S.
The Big Wobble. Thursday, February 13, 2020
was 5th warmest on record according to NOAA, for the U.S. Great Lakes ice
coverage was well-below the average
It’s not just Europe who have had an incredible warm beginning to 2020. According to NOAA, all 48 contiguous states saw above- to much-above-average temperatures last month. The new year kicked off with a balmy start for the U.S., making January 2020 the fifth warmest January on the 126 year record. However, NOAA claimed January was also a wet month, continuing the trend of 2019 which was the the third wettest period ever.
So far in 2020, over 5,500 daily warm records have been tied or set, trouncing the number of cold records. For the first 40 days of the year, through Feb. 9, NOAA’s Daily Weather Records website showed 2,421 daily record highs, meaning the highest temperature on record for a given location on that particular day, were tied or set in the U.S. Another 3,148 daily record-warm lows, meaning the warmest low temperature on a given day, were also tied or set so far this year, for a total of 5,569 daily warm records to start the year. By contrast, there were only 307 daily record lows and 481 daily record-cold highs tied or set during that same 40-day stretch.
When examining temperatures that set records for
the month, rather than just a calendar day, the numbers were even more
lopsided. A total of 209 monthly warm records were tied or set in the U.S. in
that same 40-day period through Feb. 9. Only four monthly cold records were set
in that time. January 2020 was the fifth-warmest January in 126 years,
according to NOAA. Among the month’s many notables, Boston reached the 70s on
back-to-back January days for the first time on record, a high, more typical of
around Memorial Day than the second weekend of January. That same weekend,
Charleston, West Virginia, reached 80 degrees for the second January day on
In comparison, many parts of Europe have been enjoying summer temps in mid-winter. Earlier this month saw Puerto De La Cruz topping the list with a mighty, 30 deg C, (86 deg F) and Valencia hitting 29.4 deg C, (85 deg F) almost double the average temperatures for the time of the year, smashing the old record of 27 deg C, (80 deg F).
Extreme warmth across the southern half of Europe brought exceptional temperatures across Spain, southern France, and NW Italy. Dry Foehn winds have resulted in extremely high early February values with locally 26-28 °C peak afternoon temperatures. Turin and Cuneo in NW Italy reached almost +27 °C – the hottest temperatures ever recorded in Piedmont region (NW Italy) during winter! Southern Switzerland stopped at +24 °C while Valencia reported +28.4 °C! That is *exceptional* for this period. Severe Weather Europe
Warm records tumbled in Norway and Scandinavia
recording its warmest January day on record when the mercury hit an astonishing
19 deg C, (66 deg F), an incredible 25 deg C, above the monthly
average. The highest temperature of 19C (66F) was more than 25C above
the monthly average, measured in the village of Sunndalsora. This makes it
Norway’s warmest January day since records began. While many were enjoying the
warm weather, there are concerns that it is another example of climate change.
“It’s a new record for warm weather here… BBC forecaster Peter McAward
said the previous January high in Sunndalsora was 17.4C. It also breaks the
record for any winter month (December to February) in Scandinavia, he added.
The area also held the December (18.3C) and February (18.9C) Norway maximum
Earlier, a new maximum temperature for December in the UK was recorded when a temperature of 18.7 deg C, (66 deg F) was reached at Achfary, in the Highlands of Scotland, the hottest day of December ever recorded in the UK. The old record stands at 18.3 deg C, in Achnashellach in the Highlands on 2 December 1948.
Meanwhile, Christmas was so mild in Moscow authorities dumped thousands of tons of artificial snow onto the streets of the capitol after the Russian capital city enjoyed its mildest Christmas since 1888.
Antarctic continent posts record temperature reading of 18.3°C
Fresh fears of accelerating damage to the planet’s ice sheets and sea-level rise have been fuelled by confirmation from the UN’s weather agency that the Antarctic likely saw a new temperature record of more than 18°C on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, spokesperson Clare Nullis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said that the record reading taken in the north of the continent would be considered unusual, even during the current warmer summer months.
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