Didn't know if anyone else picked up on the windy weather everywhere across the world lately? It has been here in different parts of the U.S. since before Christmas. Do you think it could have a sign in regards to the Holy Spirit? I have seen a breakthrough with my officemate whom I have been ministering to for years (praise the Lord!), anyone else?
Below are excerpts from a November and December Hazards report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A powerful storm struck Alaska's western coast on November 8th–9th, the strongest to impact the region since 1974. Hurricane force winds brought gusts as high as 89 mph (143 km/hr) to Wales, Alaska, which is located at the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, forming the U.S. side of the Bering Strait. A storm surge of 8.6 feet (2.6 meters) hit Nome, the largest town in the path of the storm, with a population of about 3,600. The surge overtopped a sea wall, washing heavy equipment and cleaning supplies out to sea. Otherwise, damage was generally minor, limited mainly to blown out windows and battered roofs. No injuries were reported. According to a media report, Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management noted that "the state benefitted from accurate advance forecasts of the storm and good coordination among local, state and federal agencies".
A severe wind storm in the western United States caused significant damage in parts of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming during November 30th–December 2nd. The strong Santa Ana winds resulted from a large difference in pressure between a strong, high pressure system and a cold, low pressure system. The high winds toppled thousands of trees, knocked power out to hundreds of thousands of residents, blew over more than a dozen semi-trailer trucks in California and Utah, and caused several areas, including Los Angeles County, to declare states of emergencies. Wind gusts surpassing 140 mph (225 km/hr)—equivalent to major hurricane-force winds—were measured in California on the Sierra Crest mountain ridge.
In northern Australia, Tropical Cyclone Grant brought heavy rain and destructive winds that reached 80 mph (130 km/hr) on December 25th near the Tiwi islands north of Darwin. The storm caused flash flooding in the Northern Territory, knocking a freight train off a bridge and destroying large parts of a major highway, effectively shutting down transport routes to the region. One person was killed after their boat capsized off Whitsunday Island near the Queensland coast. The storm crossed into the Gulf of Carpenteria, weakening into a monsoonal low, and was expected to make landfall on December 30th over an uninhabited region of Cape York.
Severe extra-tropical cyclone Joachim struck Western Europe on December 15th–17th,. Heavy rain and snow, combined with high winds, caused travel disruption and hundreds of thousands of power outages across northern and western France, Germany, and Switzerland. The storm brought wind gusts as high as 94 mph (150 km/hr)—equivalent to the strength of a Category 1 hurricane—and pressure as low as 963.8 millibars. No fatalities were reported. The storm made its way into the Austrian and Swiss Alps, bringing welcome snowfall to resorts that had started off the winter ski season with unusual dryness. Please see above for more information on the European drought.
Storm Dagmar pounded Nordic countries in northern Europe on December 25th, cutting off electricity to an estimated 264,500 residents across Norway, Finland, and Sweden. The storm was the worst to hit the region since Janika in November 2001. Wind gusts of 145 mph (233 km/hr) were recorded in Norway, with average sustained winds up to 100 mph (161 km/hr). In middle and northern Sweden, trains were halted and roads were temporarily closed. No injuries or fatalities were reported.
Winds in the United Kingdom on 1/3/12 - http://www.examiner.com/british-life-in-national/extreme-weather-force-12-gales-batter-the-united-kingdom-wind-rips-off-roofs
Winds in Scotland on 12/8/11 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16079849
Winds in Scotland on 1/5/12 - http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/01/05/thousands-of-homes-in-scotland-facing-third-day-without-power-and-more-high-winds-are-forecast-86908-23680868/
God bless you all,