Reader’s Request: Winter Record 2010-2011, Part 2

posted by Shopping4Bargains @ 14:39 PM
February 15, 2011

Most parts of the world are not accustomed to the kinds of weather patterns seen in the past few months.  Actually this year’s harsh winter weather is a predictable part of Global Warming.  As weatherman Joseph Robertson explains, this term merely means destabilized climates, or “weather that is more extreme in temperature or precipitation than has historically been the case in a given region.”
 
 Environmentalist Judah Cohen adds, “The earth continues to get warmer, yet it’s feeling a lot colder outside. Over the past few weeks, subzero temperatures in Poland claimed 66 lives; snow arrived in Seattle well before the winter solstice, and fell heavily enough in Minneapolis to make the roof of the Metrodome collapse; and blizzards closed Europe’s busiest airports in London and Frankfurt for days, stranding holiday travelers. The snow and record cold have invaded the Eastern United States, with more bad weather predicted.”  He asks:  “How can we reconcile this? The not-so-obvious short answer is that the overall warming of the atmosphere is actually creating cold-weather extremes.”

 David Stringer alerted Associated Press readers that Europe is being shaken by this harsh winter weather:   “Blizzards and freezing temperatures shut down runways, train tracks and highways across Europe, disrupting flights and leaving shivering drivers stranded on roadsides.  Airports in Britain, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark reported cancelations . . .”   One undeniable record is that this winter has been the coldest ever for the United Kingdom.  A Wikipedia article says:  “In the UK it was the coldest December ever, since records began in 1910, with a mean temperature of -1°C. It broke the previous record of 0.1°C in December 1981.”  The article continues, “Probably the most notable record of the winter so far is the new all time record low for Northern Ireland, of -18.7 °C recorded on the 23rd of December at Castlederg, County Tyrone. . . . all of these sites recorded their all time record lows since recording began . . .”

 But Europe and the United States are not the only regions of the world going through unusual winter weather.  India is living with the effects of this harsh winter as well.  Its Ladakh region is struggling through bitter cold waves, with lakes and rivers frozen, snow falling in clumps and leaving people, who are not use to such weather, scrambling for ways to stay warm.  Families huddle together, and boarding school students threaten protests if schools don’t provide adequate heat.

 As noted in the last blog, these harsh winters will continue, and people around the world must adjust to slower winter life styles.  Online Bible Lessons explains that, in addition to natural and symbolic meanings, snow is used for visualization of the dreaded leprosy disease (2 Kings 5: 27, Numbers 12: 10, etc.).  And winter is shown as a time of rest, transformation, death and renewal of life.  Global Warming demands that mankind consider the truths behind these symbols.

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