Drought or Deluge all at the same time

A person walks on the embankment of Poyang Lake, which exhibits low water levels because of a regional drought in Lushan, Jiangxi province, China, on Aug. 24. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • The great drought and the great deluge, all at the same time
  • Last week, receding water levels in a Serbian stretch of the Danube, Europe’s second-largest river, surfaced a flotilla of Nazi-era German warships that were still packed with ammunition and unexploded ordnance. They were exposed at a time when Europe is experiencing what appears to be the worst dry spell in half a millennium, with two-thirds of the continent under some form of drought warning.
  • Other ruins and wrecks are popping up as waterways shrink. A submerged 1st century A.D. Roman bridge possibly constructed under the orders of Emperor Nero emerged from the Tiber River last month; further to the north
  • Scorching high temperatures left the Iberian Peninsula drier than any time in the last 1,200 years.
  • In France, which is experiencing its worst drought on record, wine makers are harvesting their grapes earlier than ever.
  • On this front, too, Europe’s rivers are turning up bleak omens — the receding waters in parts of central Europe have revealed old “hunger stones,” markers placed along riverbeds that locals centuries prior left as guides to earlier droughts.
  • Five 1,000-year rain events have struck the U.S. in five weeks.
  • In South Asia, searing heat earlier in the summer gave way to an erratic and intense monsoon season
  • Pakistan is experiencing a “climate catastrophe”

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