This blogger pointed a few days ago that––considering unparalleled destructions from floods, wildfires and tornadoes––nature is sending this country’s Midwest a message. Now the unrelenting heat waves rolling over the same region seem to confirm that message indeed. Some cities in the Midwest have endured temperatures at 100 degrees, even as high as 115 degrees, for at least a month. And some weather forecasters predict that this pitiless heat attack may well continue through September. And connected to these record-breaking temperatures is the threat of crop-damaging drought in this region known as America’s breadbasket.
AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowki warns that this heat wave will eventually affect 40 states with temperatures of 90 degrees or higher. While, as usual, weather forecasters will not make the obvious connection of this unrelenting heat to Global Warming, researchers at Texas A&M University admit that “the period from February to June was the driest such period on record in Texas, with a statewide average of 4.26 inches of rain.” The prior record was in 1917 that had a 6.45 inch rain average. Oppressive heat and lack of rain indeed introduce seasons of drought, and that will eventually affect the nation’s economy.
Murray Evans of the Associated Press says that Heat Advisory warnings are posted “in 17 states, from Texas to Michigan, as temperatures and humidity combined to make being outside uncomfortable for millions.” The National Weather Service put it bluntly: “The stage is being set for a massive heat wave to develop . . . as a large area of high pressure is anticipated to circulate hot and humid air over much of the central and eastern U.S. Maximum heat index values of at least 100° F are likely across much of this area . . . with heat index values in excess of 110°F possible over portions of these areas.”
Writing that these heat waves are “the new norm,” John D. Cox, an analyst for Discovery News describes this heat assault as “a large dome of air that is sinking, compressing and getting warmer as it falls.” He says that the dome of unusually high pressure blocks heat-relieving storms and forces “a clockwise pattern of moisture-carrying winds that makes matters worse.”
There is no clear record of how many people this heat wave has killed, but it is estimated to be dozens. To prevent more tragedy, public cooling centers have been set up in various parts of the country. What would be of an even greater preventive nature would be for the U.S. government to stop twaddling and take definitely steps to stem Global Warming. Bible prophecies in Hosea 4: 6 warn of God’s judgment coming to those nations with leaders who reject knowledge. Such judgment may already be on this country. Before it gets worse, American leadership must change course and acknowledge the full dangers of Global Warming. The nation cannot take six months a year of 115 degree plus heat!
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