So hot -- the ground is burning


So hot -- the ground is burning

Rural Australia

Having grown up on a farm in Queensland, Australia, I was recently intrigued by the report of the ground burning in cattle yards in the Northern Territory.

According to the article: 'The ground is on fire and it is proving very difficult to put out.'

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Australia seems to be getting hotter and hotter. Drought conditions have prevailed over wide areas -- sometimes for many years. Dust storms are commonplace. Fires are destroying grassland, forest, and homes.

This is all happening right now.

As well, the City of Townsville and district has recently been inundated with exceptionally heavy rain causing severe flooding. Further to the west, drought-stricken cattle stations welcomed 200mm (8 inches) of rain -- only to have it continue to pour down over several days until it reached 500mm (20 inches) -- and in some places 800mm (32 inches). The blessing upon the drought-scourged country turned into a curse -- in less than a week.

Some 500,000 cattle have drowned or otherwise died in the floodwaters. One property alone lost nearly 30,000 head of cattle. An ore train bound for the coast with silver, lead, and zinc from the Mount Isa mine was parked on higher ground to ride out the floods -- but the water rose to unprecedented levels and the train was derailed by the unstoppable waters.

It all makes a person think of the catastrophic events described in Revelation, such as Rev 8;7 where it says, 'A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.'

A third of the earth was burned up, the trees, and all the green grass.

I believe there is a wider meaning to these words in Revelation -- BUT certain parallels are there.

Global warming or not?

In recent years, Australia is experiencing hotter temperatures. But these hotter temperatures coincide with drier conditions.

When it is drier, it is hotter.

When the monsoons failed to arrive as expected, the interior of the continent baked, and this oven-like heat drifted to the south and east scorching everything in its path. What an awful summer! And when the extensive rain event arrived bringing flooding to north Queensland, the temperatures fell dramatically.

Rain acts as a giant evaporative cooler, cooling the atmosphere -- it removes the excess heat.

When the weather is dryer, it's hotter. And when it's wetter, it's cooler.


The question may well be asked. Does an increase or decrease in rainfall drive the temperatures we experience? What temperature fluctuations do rain events trigger? Is the lack of rain responsible for the excessive heat, and an ever-warming Australia?

I pray that the weather may be somewhat cooler and wetter -- at least when compared to what we've been experiencing for the past several years.

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