The Freezing Polar Vortex Is God’s Punishment For Not Believing In Global Warming Say Weather Experts
EVER hear of a Polar Vortex?
A “polar vortex” will affect more than half of the continental US, starting Sunday and into Monday and Tuesday, with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. The vortex is an anticlockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air, and is behind the startling forecast: -25F (-31C) in Fargo, North Dakota, -31F (-35C) in International Falls, Minnesota, and -15F (-26C) in Indianapolis and Chicago.
Colder weather is coming.
How bad is it going to get?
“A person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions,” said NWS meteorologist Scott Truett in St Louis, describing the expected wind chill in Missouri at daybreak on Monday.
Well, he’s the expert. Bundle up.
Universe Today has more on what a Polar Vortex is:
Polar vortices represent a key element in the planet’s atmospheric dynamics but they are not hurricanes. “Hurricanes are caused by moist air rising into the atmosphere,” says Pierre Drossart, Observatoire de Paris, France. In addition, they require the Coriolis force – the interplay between the circulation of the atmosphere and the rotation of the planet – to whip them up. But the Coriolis force is inefficient for driving vortices at the poles and on Venus it is virtually non-existent anyway because of the planet’s slow rotation: the planet rotates just once every 243 Earth days.
Instead, a polar vortex is created by an area of low air pressure that sits at the rotation pole of a planet. This causes air to spiral down from higher in the atmosphere. Polar vortices are common structures and can be found at the poles of any planet with an atmosphere, even Earth.
Can it be blamed on…global warming? Yes, says one organ:
Global warming: After the snow… a ‘polar vortex’: U.S. braces for the coldest temperatures in 40 years after blizzards ground 5,000 flights
If the planet is warming — how can it be so damn cold out there, in the winter?
Well the connections are complex, but they are not unfathomable (to science and physics literates.)
Sudden stratospheric warming events take place in about half of all Northern Hemisphere winters, and they have been occurring with increasing frequency during the past decade, possibly related to the loss of Arctic sea ice due to global warming. Arctic sea ice declined to its smallest extent on record in September 2012…
Sudden stratospheric warming events occur when large atmospheric waves, known as Rossby waves, extend beyond the troposphere where most weather occurs, and into the stratosphere. This vertical transport of energy can set a complex process into motion that leads to the breakdown of the high altitude cold low pressure area that typically spins above the North Pole during the winter, which is known as the polar vortex.
She gives it the full squint:
She says it’s warming:
And there there is the Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, who manages to turn the warming and cooling into a religion:
Hell is normally depicted as a “lake of fire,” as in Revelation 20:10. This week in the Midwest, however, Hell is likely to look more like lakes of ice, as dangerous cold from apolar vortex, brings “wind chills [that] could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.” The Great Lakes will likely freeze over and prolong an already very cold winter.
This is the chilling effect of global warming…
Is it God’s judgement?
This dangerous cold is a fatal cold, a cold from Hell, especially for the poor and most vulnerable citizens. Frostbite can occur within a few minutes in such conditions, warming centers and homeless shelters are bracing for the onslaught of the homeless and those who may not have adequate heat. Still, many will suffer terribly and some will die.
This frigid weather is another example of the kind of violent and abrupt climate change that results from global warming. It’s ongoing impact falls disproportionately on where you live, certainly, but especially if you are poor.
The science of what is causing this current extreme cold is, in fact, complex, and research is ongoing.
But The Rev has drawn her own conclusions.
But while the science of changes to the polar vortex and its relationship to global warming are complex, the Christian theology of our failure to protect the creation is not complex.
Simply put, the Christian theological argument must start with our sinful failure to take care of the creation, as God intends (Gen. 2:15). Instead, we are trashing the planet and changing its climate primarily through the fossil fuel emissions.
Sin against the creation abounds.
Yep. Petrol is Satan’s solvent.
…In my view, hardness of heart drives huge amounts of money that fuel the industry of climate change denial, as well as the effort to undermine Americans’ faith in science as a Drexel University Study reveals. This is promoting ignorance, not just being ignorant.
One need not be ignorant, despite these climate denial efforts. Yes, the science is complex, but much is already known, available in the popular press, and can be known to those non-scientists, i.e. people of faith and people of humanist values who are willing to read and think critically .
The deniers and questioners are the godless.
The climate is where the weird things are. You may not know the cause, but everybody knows the weather sure has gotten weird. Weird is threatening. Weird is scary.
And you should be scared.
In history, artists have portrayed scenes of the fiery Hell as very scary. Today, there is a Hell coming toward us, but it is a frigid apocalypse, brought on by our own sinful disregard of the planet.
The future prospects are chilling.
Or as the Devil’s own Wizbangblog puts it: “Global Warming Cancelled.”
PS – Al Gore said the Arctic would be ice free by 2013. Is he false prophet?