Knocking on my brain.

Years ago, while reading the Bible, I came across Isaiah 45:7. In that verse, God refers to the evil He creates. (KJV). It didn’t strike me any particular way at the time as I was caught up in the chapter and gist of its intent. For some reason, “The evil I do” got locked in my head. But I was younger then, working, mom, housewife – you know the drill – so I never did any research on it.

Retired now and having all the time in the world, when this verse came knocking on my brain again, I put other stuff down and decided to do some research. We all know God cannot ‘do’ evil, so what the heck is He talking about?

I pulled out of my bookshelves three Bibles; the Amplified Bible (very Protestant but a great concordance), a family Bible printed in 1940 (which is before ‘they’ stated taking verses out of the Bible and making other changes), and the King James Study Bible. The 1940 Bible uses the word ‘calamity’ in the place of the word ‘evil’. So I looked up calamity and the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined it as “a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering”. So my thought process is – God creates ‘evil’ weather? Calamitous weather? Hmmm.

Then I looked up what causes hurricanes – a good question for Floridians and folks living in the Gulf States. This is what I found:

The three main components critical to the formation of a hurricane are warm water, moist warm air, and light upper winds. A hurricane begins when large masses of warm water and moist warm air come in contact with cooler air. This collision prompts the warm water vapor to cool down very fast and condense, eventually forming dense storm clouds and emptying out as heavy rain. During the condensation process, latent heat is emitted. This latent heat warms the cold air above, causing it to rise and pave the way for warmer and more humid air coming up from below, causing a cycle.

As the process continues, more warm air is attracted to the mounting storm, and more heat is moved from the ocean’s surface to the atmosphere. The constant heat exchange leads to a development in wind patterns that spin around a relatively calm center, similar to water spinning down a drain. If the conditions remain the same, meaning that there is enough fuel for the storm to continue developing, the rotating storm becomes even more powerful, eventually becoming a hurricane. As the hurricane continues to strengthen, an opening at the center known as the “eye” will form.  (from Science ABC – online)

That was simple enough even I could understand it. Then ‘tornados’ came to mind and my research showed me this: “

What Causes a Tornado? / How do Tornadoes Form?

A lot of people wonder: “How do tornadoes form?” These severe weather events typically stem from thunderstorms, although they don’t have to.

Wind shear is one of the most critical components for the formation of a tornado. Wind shear is the change of direction and speed of the wind with height. This can create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. The rotating air of an updraft meets the rotating air of a downdraft and creates that iconic and scary funnel cloud you’re probably used to seeing.

Typically, this combination of winds can happen when moist, warm air meets cool, dry air. When these air masses meet, they create instability in the atmosphere, which allows wind to change direction, move faster, get higher, and start that rotation we mentioned above.” (from earthnetworks.com)

Finally, I went to my priest, Fr. Ellis, and asked him bluntly – do storms and tornadoes and natural disasters just happen or are they God-directed. Was God mad at New Orleans and so Katrina hit? His response was, “My personal belief is nothing can happen, good or bad, in the universe without GOD in full control, therefore nothing happens without God’s permission and its ultimate purpose, like in New Orleans, is the mystery. It’s raining now and just imagine if it was controlled by one angry 😤 person…”

All this research brings me to this; God created everything. Yes, the secular people and scientists will tell us these are normal, explainable occurrences. It’s true, through science, we have greatly improved our knowledge and understanding of them. But one has to wonder – is it chance only? Or is Someone trying to tell us something?

I suspect it will continue to knock on my brain.

Pilger, NE: Before and After

This is interesting. You’ll remember that I showed a video of the tornado up in Pilger, shortly after it happened , here. Anyway, yesterday the £ Daily Mail ran some photographs taken from The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. What’s interesting is that you can trace the paths of (both EF-4) tornadoes.

Here’s a before picture:

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And the same view after:

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There some difference in the vegetation which may or may not be connected with the storm (I don’t know) but the tornado tracks are as clear as day on this.

Here’s the town after:

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There’s more and a video at the link.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2673027/New-images-destructive-power-storms-hit-Midwest-visible-space.html#ixzz360xMdLns

Keep your head down when the sirens go off, this was bad, even for out here, and more are forecast in eastern Nebraska and Iowa today.

Of Texas and Tornadoes

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I’m as quick as anyone to blame the government , maybe quicker, when they screw up, so maybe I should be fair and commend them when they do a good job. A case in point would be yesterday’s tornadoes in Dallas-Fort Worth.

I don’t have a lot of information about these, size, strength, and whatnot. I don’t really need it. I’ve lived in tornado country all my life and can tell you that there is nothing scarier that Mother Nature throws our way, NOTHING. Usually they are not so big, a quarter to a half mile wide but, winds can get over 200 miles/hour and they (on a local scale) are wildly unpredictable I’ve seen houses reduced to kindling while the next door house was moved 3 inches on its foundation, and the one on the other side was untouched. I’ve seen miles of power line completely disappear, never to be seen again. You just never know.

These blew up in a hurry, too. Usually you are aware that conditions are right but sometimes it develops really quickly. You just never know, and that’s a lot of why they are so scary.

There are many stories out here in the Midwest about whole towns and their population that just disappeared. Granted the stories probably haven’t gotten any smaller over the years but still. I’ve told you some stories about cleaning up after them and showed you some videos of the process. That’s all well and good, if you survive. If you don’t, you won’t care.

In Dallas, yesterday they had a bunch of what looked like fairly small tornadoes in a major metropolitan area. That’s about as bad as it gets. But no one died, and not even many serious injuries. Why not? Because they had from seconds to minutes of warning. If you’ve lived out here very long, you tend to pay attention to the weather. In Nebraska, we say that if you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes, and we say it for a reason. There are not many of us who do not have NOAA weather radios, many, many of us have the NOAA radar sites bookmarked on our computers, and quite a few of us are trained weather spotters. As a Amateur Radio operator, I can usually call in directly from my radio to the NOAA site that cover my area (it depends who is on duty, not all of them are hams)

In truth, there is an entire shadow network of hams around here, when NOAA calls watches and activates spotters, there are organized groups of us ready to respond with full voice communications, repeaters nearly as good as the public safety people themselves, live video and teletype and more. This is all volunteer at no cost to anybody but the operators themselves. The entire network can be up and running in less than a half hour depending on who is available at any given time.

But the key to it all is NOAA. They are the trained meteorologists and run the radars and warning network. When you get warnings on radio and TV or when the sirens go off, it’s NOAA that issued the warning. Occasionally they get a bit over-cautious and issue warnings t0o soon but, not often.

So think about them once in a while, they do an extraordinary job, and do it extremely well. If only the rest of the government was this good.

Remember the Joplin Tornado?

This showed up in my inbox today and I wanted to share it with you. If you remember, Joplin MO got hit last year with an EF-5 Tornado, which if you’re not familiar with the scale, is a huge tornado.

This video is from my brothers down at Empire Electric, and will tell you some of what it like during and after storms, and how we all feel when we get into one of these. So here it is from Empire Electric via Transmission and Distribution World.

This is Our Town is Empire

Thanks Guys (and Girls).

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