Again browsing some of the left e-magazines I stumbled on to this report at Think Progress filed under the Climate progress tab not sure what that means is the climate getting more progressive.

The article/ report headlines “’Surreal’ 40-minute storm drowns minor league baseball field” in Norfolk Virginia Now mind you only 3.4 inches fell, it is a lot but is it something to really make news over.

So the first statement made is “Though it’s impossible to say that Thursday’s storm was directly caused by human-made climate change, it is without question that climate change makes precipitation events more extreme, and increases the likelihood that extreme precipitation events will occur in some areas of the world”

They use UN Intergovernmental panel on climate change to site the stats. The UN is a big proponent of Climate change so why not use them it helps your case. Also 8 inch hailstone and 80 mile wind was reported so this was a good size storm that hit Norfolk nothing to sneeze about but can we blame it on manmade climate change.

Emily Atkin who writes the story quotes this explanation via the UN of how this happened based on manmade climate change. “The way this happens is relatively simple. First, as carbon dioxide is emitted from burning fossil fuels and destroying tropical forests, it traps heat in the atmosphere. As the trapped heat raises the planet’s average temperature, the heat evaporates water from the ocean and soil, putting moisture into the atmosphere. Then, as global temperatures rise, the atmosphere holds more moisture — about 4 percent more per degree of temperature increase. Therefore there is more water vapor available to fall as rain, snow, or hail when storms occur.”

First of all we are in Norfolk Virginia nowhere near a destroyed tropical forest second this seems to be an event that happens more than you might think in the eastern Virginia and West Virginia.

On September 26 1906 Guinea Virginia recorded 9.25 inches of rain in 40 minutes that’s 6 inches more than in Norfolk, May 4-5 1943 Central West Virginia recorded 13.80 inches in one hour and then 14.60 inches in 1.5 hours, Rockport West Virginia recorded 19 inches dead in 2.5 hours September 18 1889, and in the 40 minute time allowance Holt Missouri has the record at 12 inches in 42 minutes June 22 1947 this is the world record that still stands.

Okay what about the hailstone 8 inches is huge but nothing to make claim about. 8 inch hailstone has been recorded before, Vivian South Dakota recroded 8 inch hailstone July 23rd 2010, Ponca City Oklahoma claimed an 8 inch stone April 17th 1935 the average above average stone ranges from 4 to 6 across the country. Abnormal yes but it can happen.

What I’m trying to say this is nothing new, just because you have never seen it does not mean it never happened before especially when it come to the weather. To quote King David of Israel “All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.”  Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 8-10

If one would just take the time to look listen and feel God’s creation they would not fear it nor fear the inhabitants that occupy it. The old evidence shows these types of events do happen and we don’t need to blame big oil and those of us that use it.


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