Monster Global Warming Storm Strikes U.S. East Coast

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 12:21 PM
February 11, 2013

    Scientists fear the snow storm blanketing the East Coast this weekend is but a taste of the beastly weather soon to hit the U.S.  Warmer winter temperatures, rising sea levels and high winds made this snow storm called ‘Nemo’ historic.

At last count ‘Nemo’ killed at least 10 people, including three in Canada.  People are just beginning to dig out of upwards of three feet of snow falling onto the New York to Boston corridor were roads serving roughly 25 million people are still impassable.  States of emergency remain declared in most affected states.

Although wind gusts as high as 82 miles per hour blew through the storm, leaf-less falling trees did not affect power lines as much.  Thousands of air flights were cancelled.  With hundreds of cars stalled stuck in the snow, officials ordered all moving cars off the street.  Even the U.S. Post Office shut down.

And pity the poor victims of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, still without power, and sleeping in tents and tarps even as Nemo struck through.  Michelle R. Smith and Jay Lindsay write for Associated Press (AP): “Cars were entombed by drifts. Some people found the wet, heavy snow packed so high against their homes they couldn’t get their doors open.

“Blowing with hurricane-force winds of more than 80 mph in places, the storm hit hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between New York City and Maine. Milford., Conn., got 38 inches of snow, and Portland, Maine, recorded 31.9, shattering a 1979 record. Several communities in New York and across New England got more than 2 feet.”

AP also reports that ‘Nemo’ caused more than 650,000 people to lose power in New England.  Even the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, had to shut down until backup generations could start:

“Most of the power outages were in Massachusetts, where more than 400,000 homes and businesses were left in the dark. In Rhode Island, a peak of around 180,000 customers lost power, or about one-third of the state.”

Michael Oppenheimer, a climate change expert at Princeton University, said global warming is increasing extreme storms. “Storms like this tend to be heavier than they used to be.  That’s a fact.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records show that the Northeast saw a 74 percent increase in precipitation during the heaviest rain and snow events from 1958 to 2011.

As we contemplate ‘Storm Nemo’ and worst weather to come unless our leaders do more to combat Global Warming, let us pray that people remain warm and safe, and that they seek that Haven of Rest found in The LORD Jesus Christ.  For Christian messages promise:  “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, . . .  when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall (Isaiah 25: 4).”

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