More than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago. The world suffered about 120 natural disasters per year in the early 1980s, which compared with the current figure of about 500 per year, according to an Oxfam report. The number of people affected by extreme natural disasters, meanwhile, has surged by almost 70 percent, from 174 million a year between 1985 to 1994, to 254 million people a year between 1995 to 2004, Oxfam said. Floods and wind-storms have increased from 60 events in 1980 to 240 last year, with flooding itself up six-fold. “This is no freak year. It follows a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more unpredictable and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people,” added Oxfam director Barbara Stocking.
A glance at the news show something freakish is happening in the atmosphere. As of yesterday there were earthquakes in Java Indonesia, Volcano Islands Japan, Guam Region and Crete, Greece. In India tremors were felt in Gaya during the past forthnight. In New Zealand, Costa Rica and in Cameroon, people panic because of volcanic eruptions.
In Iowa, USA, nearly 4000 homes were evacuated in Cedar Rapids and parts of the city’s downturn were under 5-6 feet of water as flooding continued to ravage the state. The National Weather Service called the flooding a HISTORIC HYDROLOGIC EVENT.
Heavy rains, flooding, landslides, unusual & out of season weather is a norm these days.
In Canada, incessant rain is beginning to take its toll on Calgary’s river banks as landslides and sink hole kept city crews busy.
In China, torrential rain persists in southern China since late May this year. Rain storms are forecast for southern China over the next two days after RECORD DOWNPOURS caused havoc in Hong Kong and nearby Guangdong, triggering landslides and halting traffic. At least seven cities, home to 1.5 million people, in the coastal province of Guangdong have been hit by continuous rains, with more than 1,500 houses destroyed and more than 150 factories having to suspend operations. "Guangdong's coastal cities will probably face typhoons or high tides this month, and flooding might be more severe than expected. Rainfall will diminish today in the Pearl and Yangtze river basins, where it has been heavy from Saturday to yesterday, before again becoming torrential." Heavy rains are also seen in southern Jiangxi and Guangxi where water was knee-deep or higher on main streets.
Rainstorms bought havoc to Hong Kong on Saturday bringing the heaviest downpour since records began creating fears of floods and landslides.
In Montana, a record storm battered Great Falls area. Snow in June isn’t all that unusual in Montana but rarely does it come in the quantity that fell early Wednesday morning. That was 35 times the previous snowfall record for the month of June.
In Washington freak snowstorm creates perilous alpine conditions. Trails that usually are clear by Memorial Day are buried under feet of snow. High winds knocked out power to at least 18,700 homes in Seattle and South King County late Monday as an unseasonably strong storm blew through the area. Across Western Washington, about 30,000 customers were without power late into the evening. Monday's storms came as Puget Sound-area residents had just begun to thaw out after the COLDEST JUNE WEEK ON RECORD.
In California, a state of emergency was declared in the coastal country of Santa Cruz of San Francisco as wildfires threatened thousands of homes in the state’s rain-starved north. The Santa Cruz fire has already ravaged 280 hectares and an unspecified number of buildings. A source said that for areas in Northern California this March, April and May have been the driest ever in our recorded history’.
In the US East coast, deaths blamed on the East Coast’s recent heat wave climbed past 30 Thursday. The Unusual spring heat wave was blamed on the “Bermuda high”.
In Nebraska, a meteorologist says several aspects of the fierce thunderstorm that struck Omaha on the 8th made it difficult to predict. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning two minutes after the tornado had left the ground early Sunday morning. Officials estimate the tornado was on the ground from 2:17 a.m. to 2:24 a.m. The warning was issued at 2:26 a.m. It's EXTREMELY UNUSUAL for tornadoes to form in the early morning.
In Mexico, heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Eastern mexico as thousands of people flee landslides and mudflows triggered by the profuse deluge. Landslides have destroyed many homes in the eastern coastal state of Veracruz.
Aspen, Colorado is actually re-opening this weekend to offer winter sports enthusiasts some rare June skiing in the area. The Aspen Skiing Company said Monday that it will open up Aspen Mountain from June 13 to 15 for skiers and snowboarders. The company says record winter snowfall has left the mountain covered with snow, leaving behind an average of more than 3 feet of snow on the upper slopes. UNUSUALLY COLD WATERS off of Nova Scotia are harming this year's lobster crop. Temperatures fell so low the lobsters were not crawling.
In Australia, the weather is becoming 'predictably unpredictable'. "The rainfall this year is already 1130mm ... and that's 90% of the entire year's rainfall - just in six months." In some places THE TEMPERATURE WAS THE COLDEST ON RECORD."
What is the cause of all these unusual phenomena? Global warming? Or could it be the result of a huge comet heading towards our planet? For it to be able to cause these phenomena, it may be just years away from colliding with earth. A friend of mine brought my attention to what the bible says about comets the other day. A collision with comets may not be too far fetched after all.
Revelation 8:8- And the second angel sounded and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood.
Revelation 8: 10: And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountain of waters.