Northern hemisphere glaciation during the last ice ages. The accumulation of 3 to 4 km thick ice sheets caused a sea level lowering of about 120 m. Also, the Alps and the Himalayas were covered by glaciers. Winter sea ice coverage was much more limited in the south. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Genesis 8:22 (GW)
22 As long as the earth exists, planting and harvesting, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop.”
The meteorological term “polar vortex” entered the common parlance across the nation last week as temperatures plunged deeply below zero on Tuesday in a large part of the nation and all the lower 48 states experienced readings below freezing, creating inconvenience for many and hardship for others. Authorities blamed the cold for at least 21 deaths, several of them from traffic accidents. Meteorologists say a polar vortex — or, more specifically, a distorted polar vortex — is the reason for the Arctic blast.
According to CNN International senior meteorologist Brandon Miller, a polar vortex “is circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the northern pole in a counterclockwise direction — a polar low-pressure system.
These winds tend to keep the bitter cold air locked in the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere.” But, says Miller, “on occasion, this vortex can become distorted and dip farther south than you would normally find it, allowing cold air to spill southward … in any part of the Northern Hemisphere.”
The National Weather Service characterized last week’s cold outbreak as “historic and life-threatening.”
In the entirety of earth’s existence has there ever been times when it was colder than last week? That answer is a resounding yes. (Ice Age and the great thaw)
Therefore since it has been colder in the past, and I might add warmer as well, such temperature extremes are not unusual or historic unless of course our history only extends to our birth and not before. I am afraid that for many experience trumps real historic data, and since they have no memory of a time when it was so cold they form a conclusion that it has to be historic.
In our time however we are being told that these “drastic weather conditions” are a result of human activity. And if human activity is causing this to happen then we need to do something to stop it from happening.
Job 38:34-35 (GW)
34 Can you call to the clouds and have a flood of water cover you?
35 Can you send lightning flashes so that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
Now that is a good question isn’t it? if civilization has so much control over the climate and weather extremes then we should be able to harness the clouds and cause it to rain anytime we needed it to, or control lightning strikes, or even steer tornados away from populated areas to limit human casualties.
Our President was so bold to declare that his election was the moment “ when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”. Not only has Obama presided over the receding ocean rise he has also overseen the receding employment rate and the receding income levels. Yes indeed his administration has seen a decline in many areas since he took office.
There are many factors that go into what affects our climate and I would suggest that human activity is very low on the real cause and effect list. Nature itself seems to play a bigger role in climate changes. Take for instance solar activity, or lack thereof. Water vapor and the ocean’s currents.
Since God made the heavens and the earth capable of sustaining human life, it makes perfect sense then that He and only He can change the climate and make it unfit for human life. Since we are the created and not the creator our powers are limited. And that is the way I see it. What say you?
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