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Maria and Nate Could Reach US

September 7, 2011 Comments off

Tropical storms Maria and Nate have joined Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic Basin.

Maria is located over the central Atlantic Ocean, while Nate is positioned over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Current indications are that Maria and Nate have a shot at wandering close enough to the east coast of North America to bring heavy rainfall to troubled areas dealing with flooding.

Hurricane and Tropical Weather Coordinator Dan Kottlowski states that Maria in the central Atlantic and Nate in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico are concerns.

“One or both of the systems has a window of opportunity to reach the Eastern U.S.,” Kottlowski said.

“Steering flow in the region could allow Nate to wander northward this weekend into next week,” Kottlowski said.

At the same time, steering flow over the central Atlantic could guide Maria farther west than Katia, perhaps bringing it close to or over the southern Atlantic coast later in the month.

There is a risk for two new back-to-back rainmakers along the Atlantic Seaboard around the middle of the month.

“Given how wet things are or will continue to get this week in the wake of Irene, and then Lee, the worst-case scenario is we have renewed flooding from one or both new systems, even without measuring the strength of both features in terms of wind and wave action,” Kottlowski added.

Irene brought flooding to parts of the Northeast. Lee has flooded part of the Southeast and now the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well. Even in the wake of both Lee and Irene, streams and rivers will remain high, setting the stage for more trouble with flooding if any tropical system wanders nearby.

Even though Katia will likely re-curve well to the east of the Atlantic Seaboard, this does not mean that people in the same area should let their guard down for the balance of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. – Accuweather

There will be no dull moments as everything will continue to culminate. Calamity atop calamity as the earth and all living things reels from the calamitous effects being heaped upon this evil generation.

Scientists dismayed by unending string of disasters plaguing U.S.

September 3, 2011 Comments off

September 3, 2011 – WASHINGTON, DC – Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes. Unprecedented triple-digit Fahrenheit (38-plus degree Celsius) heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in the northeastern state of Vermont. If what’s falling from the sky isn’t enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires. Total weather losses top $35 billion, and that’s not counting Hurricane Irene, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths, most from the tornado outbreaks this spring. Last year, the world seemed to go wild with natural disasters in the deadliest year in a generation. But 2010 was bad globally, and the United States mostly was spared. This year, while there have been devastating events elsewhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia’s flooding and a drought in Africa, it’s is the United States’ turn to get smacked. “I’m hoping for a break. I’m tired of working this hard. This is ridiculous,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who runs Weather Underground, a meteorology service that tracks strange and extreme weather. “I’m not used to seeing all these extremes all at once in one year.” The U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes costing more than a billion dollars: five separate tornado outbreaks, two different major river floods in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River, drought in the Southwest and a blizzard that crippled the Midwest and Northeast, and Irene.

The East Coast got a double-whammy in one week with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed by a drenching from Irene. If one place felt more besieged than others, it was tiny Mineral, Virginia, the epicenter of the quake, where Louisa County Fire Lt. Floyd Richard stared at the darkening sky before Irene and said, “What did we do to Mother Nature to come through here like this.” There are still four months to go, including September, the busiest month of the hurricane season. The Gulf Coast expected a soaking this weekend from Tropical Storm Lee and forecasters were watching Hurricane Katia slogging west in the Atlantic. The insurance company Munich Re calculated that in the first six months of the year there have been 98 natural disasters in the United States, about double the average of the 1990s. Even before Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on pace to obliterate the record for declared disasters issued by state, reflecting both the geographic breadth and frequency of America’s problem-plagued year. “If you weren’t in a drought, you were drowning is what it came down to,” Masters said. Add to that, oppressive and unrelenting heat. Tens of thousands of daily weather records have been broken or tied and nearly 1,000 all-time records set, with most of them heat or rain related. “I think this year has really been extraordinary in terms of natural catastrophes,” said Andreas Schrast, head of catastrophic perils for Swiss Re, another big insurer. One of the most noticeable and troubling weather extremes was the record-high nighttime temperatures, said Tom Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. That shows that the country wasn’t cooling off at all at night, which both the human body and crops need. “These events are abnormal,” Karl said. “But it’s part of an ongoing trend we’ve seen since 1980.” –Taiwan News

Learn who is against the nations:

Jeremiah 51:25 “Look, I am against you, devastating mountain— [this is] the LORD’s declaration— you devastate the whole earth. I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the cliffs, and turn you into a burned out mountain.”

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