Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mercury Does It Again

The Weather Alternative's long-range forecast, based on Mercury's recent direct station on the 18th of February, called for colder air to be drawn into the Mississippi Valley, Southeast, and mid-Atlantic regions, with particularly intense storms over in and around the Carolinas between Feb 18-20.


The Accuweather map at left for February 18th shows severe storms over North Carolina. The Weather Channel worded it as follows:

In the Southeast, some severe storms are possible this morning from the Delmarva Peninsula to the Florida Peninsula with the greatest risk along the North Carolina Coast. Damaging wind, large hail, and a tornado or two is possible in these areas.

Cold air engulfed the region as can be seen from the next Accuweather map and forecast:

After mild air overtakes the East ahead of the next storm to affect the region, another cold snap will be delivered by Tuesday (Feb 19th). Consolidating over the Great Plains today, the cold outbreak will sweep eastward to the central and southern Appalachians by Monday night (Feb 18th), then on to the Eastern Seaboard Tuesday. Temperatures will plummet for the middle part of the week with temperatures dipping below normal for at least two days. Following the departure of the cold front, frigid winds will make it feel even colder. At the same time, the cold winds will blow across the Great Lakes and trigger snow to the lee of the lakes.

February 2008 Weather Outlook

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

The Historian Josephus on Abraham

Berosus mentions our father Abram without naming him, when he says thus: "In the tenth generation after the Flood, there was among the Chaldeans a man righteous and great, and skillful in the celestial science."

Now Abram, having no son of his own, adopted Lot, his brother Haran's son, and his wife Sarai's brother; and he left the land of Chaldea when he was seventy-five years old, and at the command of God went into Canaan, and therein he dwelt himself, and left it to his posterity. He was a person of great sagacity, both for understanding all things and persuading his hearers, and not mistaken in his opinions; for which reason he began to have higher notions of virtue than others had, and he determined to renew and to change the opinion all men happened then to have concerning God; for he was the first that ventured to publish this notion, That there was but one God, the Creator of the universe; and that, as to other [gods], if they contributed any thing to the happiness of men, that each of them afforded it only according to his appointment, and not by their own power. This his opinion was derived from the irregular phenomena that were visible both at land and sea, as well as those that happen to the sun, and moon, and all the heavenly bodies, thus: - "If [said he] these bodies had power of their own, they would certainly take care of their own regular motions; but since they do not preserve such regularity, they make it plain, that in so far as they co-operate to our advantage, they do it not of their own abilities, but as they are subservient to Him that commands them, to whom alone we ought justly to offer our honor and thanksgiving." For which doctrines, when the Chaldeans, and other people of Mesopotamia, raised a tumult against him, he thought fit to leave that country; and at the command and by the assistance of God, he came and lived in the land of Canaan. And when he was there settled, he built an altar, and performed a sacrifice to God.

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