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  Wicked Weather
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, January 06, 2005
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“Somewhere not so far back, vast lightnings stomped the earth.


Somewhere, a storm like a great beast with terrible teeth could not be denied.”


 


Ray Bradbury,


Something Wicked This Way Comes


 


 


 


Gigantic moisture-laden winter storms,


From the north, the south, and the west,


Are now beginning to ravage the country,


And once again putting our mettle to the test.


 


If the advanced weather computer system models,


Of the U.S. Climate Prediction Center are correct,


We will soon be experiencing ‘A Terrible Trio,’


That will be the worst scenario in a long time yet.


 


Flooding, avalanches, and mudslides,


From the western ‘Pineapple Express,’


Heavy snow and ice from the frigid Arctic,


Will be blanketing the Pacific Northwest.


 


Warm moist air will also likely be arriving,


From the extremely warm moist Gulf of Mexico;


The southland could encounter heavy flooding,


And even very unusual winter-time tornadoes.


 


These three storm systems are most likely,


To eventually converge in America’s Midwest;


Could we truly be nearing the prophetic End Days,


Or is this just another of Nature’s Wicked Tests?


 


 


A new monster storm pattern is quickly emerging that has a little bit of everything.


 


Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain are already creating dangerous conditions from the Southwest to the Northeast.  Flooding is also a threat in saturated areas from Texas to Ohio.


 


A huge storm spread a smear of ice and snow from the Rockies to the Northeast coastline on Wednesday, snarling highway and airline traffic, causing record-low temperatures in the Midwest, and snapping power lines serving tens of thousands of people.


The snow, sleet, and freezing rain are part of a mass of cold air that dropped the temperature to a Jan. 5th record low of 39 below zero in Grand Forks, N.D.  Embarrass, Minnesota hit 43 below, the National Weather Service said.


 


School closings were reported from New Mexico to New Jersey, and hundreds of travelers were stranded across the country.  One hundred thousand people in Indiana are currently without electrical power.


 


The National Weather Service, in its weekly ‘hazards assessment,’ alerted meteorologists and disaster specialists yesterday that flooding, snow storms, and extremely frigid weather could stretch into early next week, if not longer.


 


"It's a situation that looks pretty potent," said the Climate Prediction Center's operations chief. "A large part of North America looks like it's going to be affected."


 


The three converging storms are being steered by high-pressure ridges off Alaska and Florida, and are part of a change in world climate conditions, he said.


 


Over equatorial Indonesia, east of where the devastating gigantic tsunami hit Dec. 26th, meteorologists have identified a weather-making phenomenon called the Madden-Julian Oscillation.  It's producing extraordinarily stormy weather to its east.


 


Similar oscillations in the north Atlantic and the north Pacific are also quickly changing global weather patterns.


 


The total number of tornadoes reported in the United States reached a record high during the year 2004, surpassing the previous record by almost 300.


 


The 2004 hurricane season was one of the worst on record, with 16 named storms, and six major hurricanes.


 


The updated outlook for the 2005 hurricane season indicates a 45% probability of another above-normal season.


 


Are the world’s weather patterns permanently changing for the worse?  And what will Mother Nature have in store for us next?


 


Right now, I’m off to shovel snow – 10 inches fell overnight here – and my two mutts are ecstatic – they don’t have to shovel.


 


 


 


 


 




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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/7/2005
(((ed)))

bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!! :) for once, i'd like to SEE some snow here in north central texas, all we get is rain GRRRRRRRRR LOL

love this write--and ou

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 1/7/2005
It's up to my waist here in Madison, Little Eddie! Yesterday, elementary school parents protested that schools would not officially be closed... how stupid is that?! They kept their kids home.

We've got a foot now and still counting... the neighbor, bless his heart, plowed from our door to the parking lot, right through the yard (no sidewalk)... it feels like the parting of the Red Sea when I walk through! (grin)

Don't lose Chica Blanca in the snow! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee katy xox.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 1/7/2005
the flooding was pretty bad down here a while back, but this meteorological wonder that you penned has put it all into perspective, as have the responses, from poets around the country and the world. hmmm...the star of the crossing is causing terrible calamity...and yet, this is only the beginning, perhaps. insightful write, poet.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/7/2005
crazy weather we are having, yes?? we are in the sixties to near 70's, but we can't enjoy it too much longer: next week, the cold stuff is going to hit us smack in the ass, with maybe winter time precip predicted...yikes! crazy texas weather! no wonder people are sick!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by jude forese 1/6/2005
the planet is in a state of flux, nothing remains constant ... the weather reflects the collective psyche of the human condition ...
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/6/2005
'tis the season, global warming is upon us! reports of huge icebergs 700 miles south of New Zealand add to the equation...
careful with you back; shoveling snow can be tricky for those of us with a little time under the belt!
best,
Carolyn
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/6/2005
It is changing of that there is no doubt. When I moved to Northern California 14 years ago, I used to say it never rains here when it does it's like someone spit. The heat used to reach 114 % and every day over 100 most of july and august. Not anymore the summers are mild. Now in past several years the rains/sleet have increased and are unbelievanble , lasting weeks. the snow in the Sierras is deeper than ever and the fog season which is in effect now hardly lasts a few days since it gets too cold. We used to have fog like london here real peasoup. Hardly see it anymore We had as many cold days here as My son had in Rockford Illinois in November.In fact we had some colder than he did;-) so I know the weather is changing. Thanks for an intersting read Ed!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 1/6/2005
Snowed in, in Michigan! Winter wonderland, 25 degrees. Beautiful, 'cause I don't have to go out in it, hehehe. I'm cozy inside, fireplace lit, music playing softly. Great time for writing! Thanks for the weather report, Ed!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/6/2005
Ed,

Bring some to the Eastern Shore - could certainly use about a month of the white stuff ... 65 degrees one day, 35 the next ... exceptional write!!

Best wishes,

Robert
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/6/2005
Meanwhile, here in the West Country of England, we have not even had more than a frost or two as yet this winter. But more wind, I believe. Weather patterns are definitely changing, and I would think that the tsunami will have quite a dramatic global knock-on effect, weatherwise, creating imbalances and fresh disturbances of one kind or another - none of us is immune as Earth continues to rock and roll. It is at such times as this that we perhaps realise that we are NOT the ones in control...Stay alert and well, folks! LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Sue Hess 1/6/2005
nice poem...the weather of the world, at least my part of the world, seems to be getting more and more erratic and unpredictable...who knows
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 1/6/2005
Yeah, we got about 7 inches, but it's supposed to be 50 degrees on the weekend and Monday!! Go figure- We've been lucky in New York this year, its been one our mildest winters so far. I love the snow myself, but, like your dog, I don;t have to shovel it either!! I loved the Bradbury quote, he's one of my favorites ever- his book on writing is the best. Be well- Michelle:)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/6/2005
Weather conditions have always been changing through the centuries. Remember the Ice Age? I heard some time back that a man was predicting that Ontario would have the weather of Florida, and Florida would become cold and snow would be normal. A few more tilts in the system and this will be possible. Just wish I could remember his name. This is just nature doing what nature has always done. The media just loves to feed the negative aspects of it. Think positie and all will work out as it should.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 1/6/2005
well, it's drizzling today in Atlanta - as opposed to sunny and an unseasonably warm 73 yesterday. We shall see what the future brings. Enjoyed this informative write as always.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/6/2005
All we can do is pray that everyone will be okay!!

Warm greetings to you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/6/2005
Well I said jokingly to my husband we were going to get snow because the last three Presidents were together complimenting each other plus a man in our area started fixing up his property.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/6/2005
Oh my Ed. Hope you'll all be safe.
Not seen snow here for twenty five years..
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/6/2005
Ed, I was going to say something that I thought was funny, like better the rest of the country than us in NJ, as the last winters we have been socked with cold and snow...but after reading this great poem, I have to remind myself what goes around, comes around and we will get nailed again eventually! As well as the fact, that I feel for those with all this weather hitting them, it is not a nice thing, I realize. So with that said, can I say that we only got rain out of that system that socked the Northeast...although far northern NJ got snow and ice...keep us informed, you can be the AD weatherman...oh and Rufuz loves to pick up a shovel or broom and help me with the snow, you just gotta train them mutts right...Ed & rufuz (w00f)
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 1/6/2005
Ed, this is another well-crafted reminder of how easily we could all be swallowed up by the awesome power of Mother Nature. Hopefully though it’s only just the “wicked weather” and not a prelude of the end! Anymore I am beginning to believe otherwise! Time to build an ark!
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/6/2005
Our weatherman warned us last night to expect this trio today but thank God only a little moisture has come to pass. When all these signs come to pass know that the end is near. Should we take heed or pass it off as so much gobbledigook.

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