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Too Little or Too Much Snow: Uneven Winter Hurts U.S. Economy

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 19:37 PM
January 10, 2012

 With much of the continental United States slightly hovering in this warmer winter weather, ski lodges and other businesses dependent upon a full snow season for economic survival have a rough go of it now.  On the other hand, sections of Alaska that expect heavy snow in winter, have been deluged with the heaviest snow in their history.

 This week the Associated Press explains:  “The big snowstorms of autumn are just memories in New England, where people who make their living off winter tourism are losing income and New Hampshire primary candidates lack picturesque winter landscape for photo ops.

 “Tourists in the West play golf instead of skiing. In Midwestern hockey country, you can barely slog a puck through the slush.  A continuing dearth of snow in many U.S. spots usually buried by this time of year has turned life upside down.”

 As of last Thursday, only 19 percent of the U.S. had snow covering, and that is less than 50% of average snow coverings this decade.  Meteorologists at the Duluth News Tribune adds:  “More than 300 record high temperatures were set in 21 U.S. states Thursday. But the heart of the unusual warmth concentrated in Plains, where some areas experienced temperatures 40 degrees above average.”

 The Weather Channel explains that we are not cold, because Canada is not cold.  Canada is “the source region for the nation’s supply of cold air.”  And there has been an “expansive area of warmth, relatively speaking, in much of Canada.”

 Those weather experts explain that, while the U.S. will have the mildest winter in five years, “only parts of Alaska have been colder than average.”  And folks in Cordova, Alaska, would say “amen” to that.

 Rachel D’Oro of the Associated Press reports that an unusual blanket of heavy snow has so pelted Cordova that the National Guard has been called out to help the town dig out.  People are trapped in their homes, roofs and buildings have collapsed and avalanches have let loose havoc along with the storm.  Snow drifts are 12 to 14 feet high.  Another storm brought rain weighing snow down more.

 Chris Dunlap of the Cordova Red Cross Shelter says:  “It’s a lot of snow. I’ve lived here 33 years and this is the most snow I’ve ever seen.”  The town that has no roads and is only accessible by boat or plane.

 Well did Job give Bible prophecies when he wrote:  “Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty” (37: 22).  Those who do not understand Global Warming may wish to thank Canada for this mild winter.  But keep in mind God’s majesty.  These effects of Global Warming call for prayer!

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