These are a sample of the hail that fell in southern Colorado Springs on June 6, 2012.
Photo by Skarlet Pike
Eastern Colorado received some heavy weather yesterday. Lots of flooding and then a prolonged period of hail battered parts of Colorado Springs and environs. The hail was so prolonged, and the size so large, that cars were buried up to their doors in some paces. There was so much it looked like snow! Then the tornadoes hit, and the thunder, and the wind.
This storm reminded me of another freaky hailstorm that happened in April in Texas, and also one in China that killed several people.
Here is the news of the Colorado storm:
Flooding, hail rough up eastern Colorado and south metro area
"A storm system that moved through Colorado yesterday brought hail, heavy winds, and even tornadoes to the Denver area. By far, the most visible damage was caused by inches of hail. It was thick cars could not drive through the streets in some neighborhoods."
This morning, snowplows were clearing hail off the Denver streets. Here is a CBS photo gallery of the tornadoes, hail, flooding, lightning and thunderstorms that rolled through last night.
They are saying that the storms were "unusual", "wicked", and "crazy."
"And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel..." (Amos 7:8a).
A plumb line is what surveyors use to ensure the straightness along a vertical plane or a horizontal plane is achieved. It is the baseline standard upon which the work proceeds. The Lord's plumbline is His statues, and though His mercy is great as we waver, it will not last forever. There is wrath, too, for persisting in wavering from the plumbline. He judges, too, and one of the judgments is hail.
In the rest of the Amos verses, the LORD says he will not pass by His people any more. The end was near, for them at that time. But what of the wicked people all over the world, the ones who rebel against him and refuse His offer of saving grace so they may persist in their depravity now in this time? What of them? What of the church body, filled with doctrinal infection, hypocrites, paganism, and waywardness? Will He tolerate us straying from the plumbline forever? No. Sometimes He sends hail.
"I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place." (Isaiah 28:17)
In other news, speaking of unusual, perplexing, even, there was an earthquake at Mayo Ireland.
Mayo earthquake surprises geologists
"A leading seismologist has said yesterday’s earthquake off the west coast was “unexpected” and poses “very interesting questions for geologists”. The earthquake, which registered a magnitude of four on the Richter scale, was recorded as 60km west of Belmullet, Co Mayo, at a depth of 3km, at 8.58am. It was the largest local seismic event ever recorded, according to Tom Blake of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. It was also the second-largest local earthquake on record in either Britain or Ireland, he said – the first being of 5.4 magnitude on July 19th, 1984... However, Mr Blake said that while the earthquake was classified as “moderate”, it was “significant” in that it challenged existing information about seismic activity off the west coast."
Remember a few weeks ago there was an earthquake at northern Italy? There was millions in damage. But scientifically, that earthquake also perplexed the scientists, because it happened in a place where earthquakes 'should not' happen.
This Discovery News article simply states; Why Italy's Earthquake was weird
--The magnitude 6.0 quake was a thrust quake, yet it occurred at a depth of just 3 miles.
--The quake hit about 470 miles north of the plate boundary.
"A strong and unusually shallow earthquake struck northern Italy over the weekend, fracturing pavement, sending torrents of brick and rubble raining down from buildings, and killing seven people. The powerful shaking was a first for the region in centuries — and fairly surprising to seismologists."
In essence, the article explains that the Italy quake was a thrust quake- which happens when two plates smash together...but it was nearly 500 miles from the place where two plates smash together! And when two plates smash together, it always happens at greater depths, but this one was shallow, nearly atop the earth's surface! Can't you see the scientists (UK: boffins) stroking their beards and pacing the lab? The earth is just not behaving as we expect it to ... but that refrain is becoming an old piece of news these days, isn't it? Scientists are perplexed...things happen that they don't expect or can explain. ...
The Lord said that as a sign of His near return, "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places."
Is there any doubt that these are part of the signs of His soon wrathful intervention into human life? The lost do not want to hear the truth, that our sinful actions anger a patient but Holy God.
"Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28). [emphasis mine]