The Weather and Mother Nature
Britain is just a few showers away from recording a record wet summer, at the climax of the most remarkable period of broken weather records in the country’s history. All of the smashed records are to do with temperature and rainfall – the two aspects of the climate most likely to be intensified by the advent of global warming.
While no specific event can be ascribed directly to climate change, the sequence of events is strongly suggestive of a climate that is now unmistakably altering before our eyes.
Furthermore, the pattern of increasing heat and wet weather has been visible in the same period all around the globe, with temperature and rainfall records broken in many other countries, from Australia (record drought) and India (record monsoon rains) to Greece (record forest fires).
Yet in the UK alone, in the past 14 months we have experienced the hottest July, the hottest April and the wettest June since records began. We have seen the hottest autumn and the hottest spring, and the second-hottest winter. We have also seen the hottest single month, and – by a considerable margin – the hottest single 12-month period.
Now we are on the brink of seeing the soggiest British summer as a whole – defined as June, July and August – since records were first kept for the United Kingdom in 1914. By Friday morning of last week, the average rainfall in Britain since the beginning of June was 356.6mm – just over 14 inches – and nudging up to the record of 358.4mm, set in 1956. It is increasingly likely a new record will be set if there is any significant rainfall between now and Saturday.
Even if there is none, summer 2007 has already passed the second-wettest summer mark (which previously was 1985, with a rainfall of 342.7mm). And the three months from May to July have easily broken the record for rainfall for that period.
The significance of these records is that they are actually occurring in the real world – rather than in the forecasts generated by computer mathematical models of the global climate.
That marks a major shift. For the initial decade of the climate change problem (from the first report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1990), the effects of global warming, such as extreme heatwaves and downpours, were seen as future events which the climate models predicted. They were thus much easier for sceptics to dismiss.
But, in recent years, extreme and record-breaking real events, entirely consistent with global warming predictions, have started to mount up – beginning with the remarkable heatwave of August 2003, which caused 35,000 excess deaths in France and northern central Europe.
Mother Nature does some strange things.
St. Elmo’s fire
What’s happening in our solar system? Alarmists believe it’s dooms day. New age groups believe we are entering a new age of enlightenment. Christians believe it’s the return of Jesus Christ.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matt. 24)
So how should we prepare? Preparing for the body is wise, but preparing for the body before first preparing for the soul is foolish. Jesus is very displeased with the lukewarm church of this age. If you’re a Christian, are you lukewarm? He’s right there with you and wants you to remember your first love and come back to Him. If you’re not a Christian, Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Simply turn from sin, acknowledge Christ as Lord and ask him to be your savior. He will do the rest.
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)
Recent changes in weather patterns may be nothing at all to be concerned about, but we shouldn’t bury our head in the sand. Jesus said to be vigilant and watch. We need to pay attention to what’s happening around us but more importantly, we need to know what to look for. It’s in the Bible. Matt. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21