Weather wreaks havoc on AmericaBy Starla Muhammad -Staff Writer- | Last updated: Feb 5, 2013 - 11:23:35 AM
Pummeled by nature last year, will 2013 bring more of the same for America?
As 2013 is ushered in, scientists will rely on modern technology and sophisticated equipment to try their best to predict the weather patterns in America and abroad. Yet, the unyielding, prophetic voice of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, through his chosen representative Minister Louis Farrakhan, like Noah and other men of God have repeatedly warned of what is in store.
At presstime the Midwest was unthawing after being blanketed by ice, freezing rain and snow as “Winter Storm Khan,” named by a Florida-based meteorologist, moved through Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Minnesota with projections to hit parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Icy runways grounded nearly 200 flights in Chicago, on-ramps to highways in some states were temporarily closed due to slick roads and a state of emergency was declared in Tennessee due to reported power outages. According to the Associated Press freezing rain, sleet and snow closed schools, offices and caused hundreds of wrecks across North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.
More than 14,000 customers lost power in parts of N.C. Jan. 25 but most was eventually restored later in the day, according to media reports. “The storm was preceded by steady rains that caused nearly 60 landslides in western North Carolina. Swollen creeks and rivers in the state’s mountains, road closings in Transylvania and Henderson counties,” reported WRAL.com.
One expert on severe weather anticipated the possibility of an additional weather front rolling in Jan. 30 moving eastward that could spawn wind, hail and possible tornados in parts of Texas and Arkansas. In some cities, like Chicago, as soon as the cold weather moved through, warm weather was on its heels. The Windy City was projected to see a high temperature of over 60 degrees on Jan. 29.
Jim Keeney, a weather program manager with the National Weather Service’s central region headquarters, said periodic warm fronts in the midst of winter are not uncommon but the agency has fielded lots of questions about “unusual” weather.
“This particular winter we’ve had more of these large warm-ups in advance of the cold fronts as it’s been moving through and maybe that’s what people are focusing in on of late. Usually we’ll have a brief warm-up but maybe not to the degree we have the last couple of cold fronts where we were up in the 50s, 60s. Usually it might go up into the 40s before the next surge of cold air comes down. So that’s probably the difference and that’s what got everybody talking this last couple weeks,” Mr. Keeney told The Final Call.
The two largest global weather related events in 2012 took place in the U.S., Hurricane Sandy and a year-long drought which together, accounted for nearly half of economic losses worldwide, according to global insurance company Aon Benfield in its Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report.
“Hurricane Sandy was the costliest single event of the year causing an estimated USD28.2 billion insured loss for Sandy, combining private insurers and government-sponsored programs, and approximately USD65 billion in economic losses across the United States, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Canada,” noted the report.
The Midwest is still suffering from a severe drought that despite the recent winter precipitation is still crippling states like Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas, effecting soybean, corn, wheat and other crops. One result is price increases Americans are feeling at grocery stores as food costs continue to escalate.
Without rain or heavy snow before spring, millions of acres of wheat could be ruined while corn and soybean seedings could be threatened in the western Midwest, meteorologists and other crop experts have said, reported Reuters news agency.
Mr. Keeney agreed and said although some areas are 20 to 25 inches below normal it will take several large rain systems to remove that deficit.
“Even though we’ve had a couple rainy periods, especially in the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes and Eastern portions of the country, a lot of those areas that have seen the storms have gotten a little break in the drought condition. But basically from Missouri west they haven’t been seeing these conditions and the drought really does continue in those areas,” said Mr. Keeney.
As Winter Storm Khan, named for a fictitious movie character, dissipates, the after effects leave indelible imprints in each place it touched. Likewise the guidance and work of Mr. Muhammad and Min. Farrakhan have repeatedly touched the core of what ails the country and causes the disasters—God’s displeasure over the historic and current treatment of and planning against the Black man and woman. Both men have warned the masses to prepare, for such disasters are prophesied to increasingly hit America, causing destruction and economic hardship.
“The destruction and fall of the world that we have known is now without a doubt, in process. When we refer to the world, we are referring to the world of the White man, for the world of the Black man has yet to come in,” writes Mr. Muhammad in his book The Fall of America.
“The world of the Black man, by divine guidance, is now merging in on the old world of the White race. This makes the destruction and fall of the world of the White man imminent,” Mr. Muhammad continued.
The Nation of Islam and Min. Farrakhan’s desire to raise $10 million to purchase farmland to grow food and create jobs for as the country and U.S. government is “curtailed” on all sides is in line with the new reality as U.S. meteorological calamities further bear witness to this time of divine judgment.