Travel with storm chasers from the comfort and safety of your living room…

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 9.00.40 AMMany storm chasers broadcast their chases over the internet as they are happening. Last May I was following one chaser as he broadcast live video of the destructive Moore, OK tornado. Looks like there is a possibility for some activity today. Follow a bunch of crazy chasers online at TVNWeather. [Convenient TVNWeather app here.]

We check the weather before making spaghetti for dinner…

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The only tornado we’ve seen (Round Rock, TX). Can’t remember what we had for dinner…

Three times now (at least) we’ve been forced into an inner, lower-level, windowless room as tornado sirens whined outside. We were eating spaghetti every time. That’s the way severe weather worked in Ohio anyway. We haven’t experienced tornado warnings since moving to South Carolina, but we’re kinda curious to know if God will arrange things the way He did before.

The truth of God's Word does not fluctuate…

Back in the 1970s, scientists were warning us about an inevitable and imminent Ice Age. Forty years later…well…you know what they are saying.

What is your authority? Science, absolutely obscure, or God’s Word, eternally true?

The choice for us today is really as simple as it was for those first Christians in the early days. We either accept this authority or else we accept the authority of ‘modern knowledge’, modern science, human understanding, human ability. It is one or the other. Let us not be confused by the modern argument about a changed position. We are still left where believers have always been left. It is still ‘Christ or the critics’.

For us, for the reasons that I have tried to give, there is no real choice. On the one hand, trusting to human ability and understanding, everything is in flux and change, uncertain and insecure, ever liable to collapse. On the other is not only ‘the impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture’; but there is the Light of the world, the Word of God, the Truth itself.

-Lloyd-Jones, Authority, 60.

Historical Weather Radar

If you are like me, you’ve often wanted the ability to go back and see the radar for particular days in the past. Radar maps showing current conditions are great but when you are in the middle of the storm, you don’t spend any time analyzing just exactly what happened. Yeah, so you are not like me…. I’m sure this feature has been available on the web somewhere, but I hadn’t stumbled across it on any of the sites I frequent. Wunderground’s Wundermap®, my favorite interactive radar, just added that feature. Just above the map, you will see a date. Manipulate it accordingly and you’ll be able to go back in time (…if you just want the numbers, visit their history link). It is a bit clunky for me right now, but I was able to go back to June 2006 and look at some radar images of that intense storm that hit Toledo just as we were beginning our round-robin meal. Instead of enjoying desert, we huddled in the basement, praying while the tornado sirens whined.

Hack Meteorologist

My wife tells me that if the Lord hadn’t called me into the pastorate I should have been a meteorologist. Shows you what she thinks of my musical compositions! The guys in the church office used to call me the weatherman (and a few other things…), consulting me before outdoor events. Much of my interest in this area came about because of a very sensitive basement in Toledo, OH (which we finally fixed just before leaving last August) that caused us problems if we received more than a two-inch rain event. The seven years we lived in Toledo were wet and very wet years:

Average annual precipitation for Toledo = 33.21 inches

2005 = 31.63 inches

2006 = 45.71 inches

2007 = 36.97 inches

2008 = 41.71 inches

2009 = 38.02 inches

2010 = 34.60 inches

2011 = 49.79 inches

Here are some links to sites I frequent:

All kinds of detailed historical weather information can be found at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service site. Graphical precipitation totals for each day are here (usually the map is fully updated by noon on the following day). My favorite interactive radar is the Wundermap. Finally, some weather analysis by the guy who co-founded Weather Underground is here (though you will have to filter out much of his extremism on global warming). Here are a few of his interesting and thorough articles:

Top Ten Global Weather Events of 2011

2011: Year of the Tornado

Speaking of tornados, here is an amazing map of tornado paths and resulting deaths put together last year by the New York Times.