Not Just U.S. More Whacky Weather Around the World, Part 2!!

posted by Wendy Weathersbee @ 18:19 PM
April 18, 2012

 Reports have come in of violent wind storms––below strength levels of tornadoes or cyclones––causing havoc and death at various spots around the globe.  At the same time, unreasonable drought is also attacking nations everywhere.

 The Associated Press says that at least 17 people were killed when strong winds with heavy rains swept through Bangladesh.  That nation’s newspapers claim that these storms tore down huts and felled trees in 10 of the country’s 64 districts of 160 million people.

 Near the same time, Argentina reports 14 people  were killed during damage from strong wind storms.  Most of them were crushed when walls collapsed upon them.  Officials claim that 114 trees collapsed on roads and vehicles as well.

 As if Japan didn’t have enough of nature’s backlash, this month she has also been hit with violent 73.6 miles per hour winds from a low-pressure system.  The Japan Meteorological agency says that this wind system was not typhoon, cyclone or tsunami.   These high winds do not come from warm water or earthquakes, but instead are caused by differences in air temperatures.  An 82 year old woman and three other victims were killed by these wind paths.

 In other weather anomalies this month, half of England is suffering through drought conditions, including the capital city of London, which is known for its constant rain.  Weather experts expect dry weather to continue there for the year.

 AFP News Service says that although it rained across the country last week, England’s Environment Agency this week “declared another 17 counties short of water.”  A big problem is that with “two dry winters have left rivers and ground waters depleted,” the government demands that businesses, water companies and consumers be more careful when using water.  Garden hoses are already banned.  Wildlife, wetlands and farm crops will surely be affected.

 And for that matter, drought is expanding through the United States.  USA Today reports that most of the nation is “still reeling from devastating drought that led to at least $10 billion in agricultural losses across Texas and the South in 2011.”

 The U.S. Drought Monitor determines that most of the lower 48 states suffer from ‘abnormally dry’ or drought conditions:  “Only two states—Ohio and Alaska —are entirely free of abnormally dry or drought conditions.”  Officials are especially concerned about dry conditions in New England, Florida and California.

 We will have more on whacky weather and drought, especially in the U. S. in the next blog.  For now Christians must yield to the call of Christian Prayer Books, drought is a call for repentance:  “A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols (Jeremiah 50: 38).”  Let’s get rid of the idols and get serious about God!

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