July 28 – August 3, 2013:
Temperatures in parts of China have hit record highs, prompting an emergency level-two nationwide heat alert for the first time. In Shanghai, at least 10 people have died from heatstroke, as the city experiences its hottest July in 140 years, reports say.
|I call this Fire In The Sky. A sunrise from the workshop at the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo, New York on January 8, 2008. Photo was captured at roughly 7:30 a.m. (EST). That morning was followed by a day of record temperatures with the highs reaching nearly 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) despite it being in the dead of winter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The national heat alert covers nine provinces, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Shanghai and Chongqing. According to figures from the Shanghai Meteorological bureau, Shanghai has seen 24 days with temperatures at or above 35C in July. "It should be a new record since Shanghai had its own weather recording," said chief service officer Wu Rui."Also, in July of this year Shanghai reached 40.6 degrees Celsius, its highest ever temperature. So the highest temperature in July also broke a record."
Temperatures have hit all-time highs in Austria and neighbouring Hungary as a stubborn heat wave nears the end of its second week. Thursday's 40.5 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday eclipsed the previous record of 39.9 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) set just five days before. In Hungary, temperatures were fractionally lower at 40 C Thursday. Officials there have issued a heat warning, while some government ministries have relaxed dress codes. For men, that means ties and jackets can be left at home. For women, pantyhose is optional. Croatia sent two water-dropping planes to Bosnia earlier in the week to help battle wildfires set off by drought and sweltering heat that threatened several villages. A Russian aircraft was dispatched to fight blazes in Serbia. Temperatures also nearly broke records in Poland.
More temperatures reaching record highs in Europe in the last few weeks.
|Global Temperature Map for Exoplanet HD 189733b (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Creation is groaning. Hardly a week goes by without some new record being broken in some part of the world. The hottest, the wettest, the driest etc.
Amazingly a BBC report out today links increasing temperatures to a rise in violence.
The report shows that shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war! The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place. They show that weather influences behaviour. There are numerous instances of God controlling the weather to change events and bring about his plan and purpose. We are told the earth would be full of violence at the time Christ returned. The weather is contributing to this….
The world is heating up in more ways than one.
We see it physically heating up with temperatures rising around the world and breaking new records. But we also see it heating up in the Middle East.
The situation north and south of Israel is incredibly volatile and it might not take much for there to be conflict.
But are we looking for a time of peace or a time of war? I believe we are looking for a time of war. There is conflict coming not peace. Yes there will be talk of peace (there is at the moment)– there may even be a peace agreement – but it won’t be real peace. There is great conflict coming between Israel and Syria. It could start anytime. It will involve the inner ring of people’s around Israel leading to an even greater conflict….
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