We aren’t supposed to have a major blizzard in April. Less than a month after a “bomb cyclone” caused apocalyptic flooding in the central part of the country, another “bomb cyclone” is hitting the exact same area. One meteorologist has called it“a life-threatening storm”, and at this moment over four million people are under blizzard warnings. South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas are going to get absolutely hammered before the storm finally moves east on Friday. The authorities are warning that this new “bomb cyclone” will cause additional flooding in the region, but at this point we do not know how bad that flooding will be.
The good news is that the ground has been softened up by warmer weather since the last “bomb cyclone”, and that should mean that more of the moisture is absorbed before it flows into the major rivers.
But the bad news is that we are being told that this storm “could break records”. The following comes fromthe Daily Mail…
A historic blizzard that could break records for April has hit the Great Plains and Upper Midwest.
Parts of six states were under blizzard warnings on Wednesday, in an area that included Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pierre, South Dakota.
Early on Wednesday morning, thundersnow was reported in Pierre and surrounding parts of South Dakota, as well as southern Minnesota.
When meteorologists call this a “blizzard”, they aren’t exaggerating one bit.
Some of the snowfall totals that are being forecast seem absolutely crazy. According toCNN, some parts of the Midwest could actually get more than 30 inches of snow…
The Plains could get more than 2 feet of snow by Friday morning, and South Dakota could be the hardest hit, with more than 30 inches possible. High winds are making travel even more treacherous.
“Travel will be very difficult to impossible” Wednesday evening into Friday morning, a National Weather Service office in Nebraska said, using language nearly mirrored by offices throughout the region.
Needless to say, 30 inches of snow has the potential to cause a tremendous amount of flooding, especially since it is expected to melt very rapidly.
By noon on Wednesday, some portions of South Dakota had already received18 inches of snow, and authorities in Minnesota had already responded to213 auto accidentsby Wednesday evening.
If you live in the areas affected by this blizzard, please do not go out unless it is absolutely necessary.
In case you are wondering, yes, this is incredibly unusual.
AsCNNhas noted, it is quite rare for a “bomb cyclone” to form over the middle part of the United States…
This one comes about four weeks after a similarly powerful system dumped heavy snow and rain on some of the same territory, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in livestock and crop damage in Nebraska alone, largely through flooding.
It’s rare enough to have one form inland, much less two in a month. More typically, bomb cyclones form off the US East Coast in the form of nor’easters.
So the fact that we have now had two in less than a month should tell you that something is up.
As I haverepeatedly stressed, our planet is becoming increasingly unstable and global weather patterns are dramatically changing.
What we have seen so far is not the end of the story. Rather, the truth is that we are only in the early chapters of a cataclysmic shift, and there isn’t anything that anyone can do to stop it.
We are watching a great tragedy unfold in our nation’s breadbasket, and we should all be praying for the thousands of farmers in the middle of the country that have been financially ruined by all of this flooding. Thousands upon thousands of them will not be able to plant crops at all this year, and many of them will end up leaving the profession for good.