The U.S. had 3,215 record temperatures in the month of June, out of which record breaking or matching 2,171 were from June 25 to July 1, Reuters reported, citing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data.
Accuweather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski was reported to have said the number of records broken was very unusual. While some aspects of the heat wave are unknown, much of it is because of a lack of snow cover during the late winter on America’s plains, Sosnowski said.
Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 22 deaths, most from trees falling on homes and cars. Emergencies were declared in Washington, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio because of extensive damage from straight-line winds known as derechos or micro-downbursts. The winds, ranging from 80 mph to 100 mph, rocketed from Indiana to the East Coast in just six hours Friday night and Saturday morning. Around 2 million customers from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois were without power Monday morning.
A poster at Fivedoves site who was also an eye witness of this weather phenomenon has an interest insight. Melissa wrote:
“They’re calling it a ‘land hurricane.’ It had winds of up to 80 mph. It took out the power for millions of residents. I was one of them. We were without power for 72 hours. This is what I learned. Ice was gone in less than 12 hours. All generators were gone. Gas was hard to obtain as the pumps required electricity to work. Folks were purchasing everything they could on batteries. One guy couldn’t ‘live’ without his music, he said. He was purchasing a battery operated CD boom box. All auto-cellphone chargers were gone. We loss cell phone coverage as several towers stopped working (for the first time in our area).
“I met a middle eastern man pumping gas. He was frantic and frightened. He kept calling it Doomsday. I suggested that perhaps it was God’s reaction to the Supreme Court decision. He said, ‘Yes! God judges us!’”
The poster was referring to the recent landmark decision by the highest court of the land about the new healthscare system that happens to mention a medical device that “is or has been used in or on a patient,” which a lot of watchers are convinced is the device described in the scripture as the mark of the beast. Some have taken seriously that they are warning people not to receive the said AR-EF-I-DEE device comes March 2013. Pastor Paul Begley also has a lot to say on this.
“This storm was most unusual,” the poster continued. “Tremendous amounts of lightning and high winds. It was quite sincerely, unprecedented. The first day without power was strange as I heard some peculiar sounds which lasted for a long time. They were loud, somewhat booming, and didn’t diminish for a long time. The sky was clear at that time as the storm had passed. We are in an uncommon heat wave. Coincidences? I think not.”
The incredible display of fire power and sound effects Friday night did resemble war in the second heavens.