Friday, June 29, 2012

We're Having a Heat Wave

You know the song, "We're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave, the temperature's rising, it isn't surprising, she certainly can can-can" (at least I  know that song from the movie White Christmas). We're certainly having a bit of a heat wave in St. Louis right now (in addition to much of the United States). Yesterday our high temperature was a whopping 108°F (about 42.2°C). That was a new record high temperature (for St. Louis), and it's actually the hottest temperature ever recorded in St. Louis in the month of June. I think that's mighty impressive! 

Even though the temperature was sizzling, it actually could've been a lot worse because we lucked out in the humidity department since it was extremely low yesterday (only 13% humidity) that's almost unheard of since this is the Midwest and we're known for our humid, muggy heat. Yesterday it was hot, but it was more the dry kind of heat that you experience out West in the desert.

Mother Nature sure has been wreaking havoc in our country lately. A few weeks ago, nine inches of rain fell in Duluth, Minnesota, in a 24-hour period and caused serious flooding. Tropical storm Debby recently dumped tons of rain in Florida resulting in major flooding and other problems, too.

On the other extreme, things have been super dry in my area, as we haven't gotten any significant rainfall since April. My lawn is getting SO brown and there are tons of dried leaves on the ground that have fallen from the river birch tree in my front yard. (You'd think it was autumn from the look of things!) And now wildfires that are raging in Colorado. Have you seen pictures?! The devastation is extensive and my heart breaks for those poor people who have lost their houses and all of their possessions. These disasters have far-reaching effects that affect everyone along the way, like higher gas and food prices.
I think these forces of nature definitely qualify as acts of God, which make me wonder what what God is trying to say?! In Biblical times, God caused things of this nature to happen to the wicked to get them to repent. I'm not sure why God is allowing these things to happen (because He definitely could stop them/prevent them if that were His plan). One thing's for sure, I know that disasters and calamities like this will continue to happen on a more consistent basis as we get closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. That's a scary reality!


Tina said...

Hi Heather,

Wanted to say hi. sounds like you guys are having the same problem that we are having. Our mountain was on fire this past weekend. That was only less than two years since the last time!

Stay cool!

Your Utah Friend,


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