“2011: Record Year for U.S. Weather Disasters” by Todd Strandberg

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The year 2011 now holds the record for the most costly weather disasters. We still have over four months to go and this year has already surpassed 2008. Even when you adjust for inflation, the weather-related carnage still exceeds all previous years.

National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes told reporters, “I don’t think it takes a wizard to predict 2011 is likely to go down as one of the more extreme years for weather in history.” The “new reality” is both the frequency and the cost of extreme weather, said Hayes.

The NWS identified nine U.S. disasters that have caused more than $1 billion in damage. Here is the list it came up with:

• Upper Midwest flooding – summer – melting of heavy snow pack in northern Rocky Mountains flooded Missouri and Souris rivers across seven states. $2 billion cost to date.

• Mississippi River flooding – spring/summer – Rains three times normal amount in Ohio Valley flooded Mississippi River and tributaries. $2-4 billion losses; at least 2 deaths.

• Southern Plains/Southwest drought, heat wave and wildfires – spring/summer: Hit Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Kansas, western Arkansas, and Louisiana.$5 billion to date.

• Midwest/Southeast tornadoes – May 22-27 – 15 central and Southern states hit by 180 tornadoes – 177 killed – 160 of those dead in Joplin twister – $4.9 billion cost.

• Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest tornadoes – April 25-30 – 305 tornadoes – 327 deaths – $6.6 billion cost.

• Midwest/Southeast tornadoes – April 14-16 – 160 tornadoes – $1.4 billion cost – 38 deaths.

• Southeast/Midwest tornadoes – April 8-11 – 59 tornadoes across nine central and Southern states – $1.5 billion cost.

• Midwest/Southeast tornadoes – April 4-5: Ten Midwest and Southern states hit by 46 tornadoes – $1.6 billion cost. Nine deaths.

• Groundhog Day blizzard – January 29-February 3 – hit central, eastern and northeastern states. – $1.1 billion cost – 36 deaths.

source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027789/2011-set-worst-year-US-weather-disasters.html

Remarkable about the list is the lack of hurricane damage. In the past thirty years, there has been $726 billion in total weather-related damage. Hurricanes have been responsible for 50 percent of the damage. The tropical season doesn’t even kick into high gear until next month. Since we’ve had such a well-rounded year for weather disasters, it would also seem fitting with our luck to have a Category 5 come roaring ashore somewhere in the U.S.

The massive heat wave in the U.S. has rekindled the debate over global warming. The heat has been historic this summer, but I’m not sure global warning is to blame. The past four winters have all had periods of brutally cold temps. I read a report today that said a new computer climate simulation found that Arctic ice is likely to expand over the next decade.

Director Hayes was asked if “climate change” was to blame for the rising frequency of wild weather. He said it would be difficult to link any one severe season to overall climate change.

One reporter tried to blame all the recent weather carnage on the increase in population. The growth rate for people is too small to account for such a huge spike. The damage for this year is seven times what people saw in the eighties. The population has only grown by 20 percent during this period.

I think all these weather events would make perfect sense if people understood the birth-pangs prophecy that Jesus laid out. In Matthew 24:8, we are told that the last days will be the tail end of an exponential curve of activity. Jesus mentioned a great variety of signs—spiritual, natural, societal, and geopolitical—and then He said that these signs will be like “birth pangs.”

As the birth of a baby approaches, the birth pangs increase two ways: frequency and intensity. Thus, Jesus was saying that the closer we get to the time of His return, the more frequent and intense the signs will become. There will be more earthquakes and more intense ones. Likewise, things like famine, pestilence, and war will increase in frequency and intensity.

In the past, I’ve warned people that greater weather disasters were headed our way. In 2006, I made the following comment right after Hurricane Katrina:

“The unending avalanche of catastrophes has convinced me that they are part of the end-time warning signs called the birth pangs. The Bible predicts they will increase in frequency as we get closer to the tribulation hour. I expect the world media will soon be covering new calamities in the coming months.”

The months turned into years, and the birth pangs kept rolling in with greater frequency. It seems that we’ve reached a point where the kindness of God must be at a limit. If we can have nine calamities in less than eight months and still not get man’s attention, any more warning would be pointless. Only God knows for sure, but I think the judgment stage is very very near.

— Todd

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