Time to Discern Earth’s Faster Winds?

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:47 AM
June 21, 2011

Several recent studies reports reveal that winds have become much stronger, blowing at greater than normal speeds––feeding more strength to hurricanes and other storms––and that ocean waves are roaring much higher.  While scientists can give no definite reason for these changes they tracked over a 23 year period, they suspect that Global Warming is the culprit.  Researchers––headed by Ian Young, physical oceanographer at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia––report their findings on increasing wind speeds in the journal “Science.” 

 The scholars based their work on wind measurements in the records of seven satellites.  Mason Inman writes for “National Geographic News,” that “the team drew on records from satellites that used radar altimeters, which work similarly to bats’ echolocation, or natural radar.  The orbiting satellites shoot radio waves at Earth and listen for the echoes that bounce back into space.  When winds are blowing hard, the radar echoes are fainter, giving a measure of how strong the wind is blowing over the oceans.”

 Thus, scientists assert that these increasing wind speeds could become so powerful that present expectations of destruction from hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, etc. would be grossly underestimated, as much more damage would be done.  In her article for “Discovery News,” Emily Sohn points out that one of the best examples of increasing winds and waves is in Australia:  “Over time, these kinds of small and incremental rises add up. Off the coast of Southern Australia . . . the tallest 1 percent of waves have risen from five to six meters (16 to 20 feet). The most extreme winds are now blowing 10 percent faster than they used to.”  Sohn summarizes, “If the trend continues, major storms may become more destructive in the coming decades.”

 While the overall study was centered in Australia, head researcher Ian Young insists that similar results were found in other regions.  He also asserts:  “If this is related to global warming—and this is speculation—it indicates that either the intensity of storms is increasing or the frequency of storms is increasing.”

 As they study the moon and stars, and create communications, medicines and other devices that make billions of dollars, modern scientists seem to know little about changes in earth’s nature.  In Bible prophecies, The Lord Jesus points this out, when speaking of those who speculate without faith-based knowledge:  “. . . When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.  Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” (Luke 12: 54 -56)  Like those earth-watchers, today’s scholars know the earth is changing but they know little about what these changes mean for earth’s end––or for its new beginning!

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