The headline describes Hurricane Patricia. And yes it is a correct assessment.
Hurricane Patricia did have record low pressure (879 mb, if I remember correctly) for the western hemisphere. This is not the lowest ever in the world as headlines would make one believe. Some Typhoons have gone lower. The all-time record is around 870 mb. Patricia was very intense. But also very small.
This Hurricane also weakened very fast … before making landfall. Hurricane force winds only extended about 30 miles from the eye itself. Not big at all. A fist of fury is more like it. This storm did have 200 mph winds, but before hitting land it was weakening rapidly. Probably from entraining dry air off the Mexican mountains. Dry air is a killer for Hurricanes.
Yes, it was a very strong and record setting storm, but there was no widespread major damage! When a hurricane is weakening, it will not bring the strong winds to the surface due to less turbulence. When strengthening, it is the opposite. This storm was weakening and doing so rapidly. In fact the crystal clear eye early in the day practically disappeared before it made landfall. Again, it was weakening.
What really bothered me was the seeming excitement by the Climate Change crowd. Many seemed to be thrilled that a catastrophic disaster was heading for Mexico thus driving home the point that Climate Change is the biggest threat to our national security. Excited over potential loss of life???? It is inhumane and evil to hope for a disaster to strike to make your point. Many were shocked at the lack of damage, so Patricia faded from the news.
We must value life at all times. Never rejoicing when one is hurt or harmed. Never celebrating a major disaster and excitedly talking about how powerful and awesome it was ... when people lost their lives in it. Life matters. God made it. God formed it. He breathed the breath of life into us. So please, treasure it. Don't abuse it. Don't take it for granted. Love it. Defend it.
I leave with one thought: If Climate Change made Patricia stronger, then did it cause it to weaken faster also?
Pastor Terry, his wife and family came to Suedberg in 2003. There have great times, good times, and well, not so good times. But through it all God has been good. This blog will share the goodness of God as seen in the midst of the great, the good, and the not so good of our world.