The comet and the great drought of 2011-2012: Rain disappears from skies from China to South America

January 8, 2012BEIJINGChina’s largest freshwater lake has shrunk to its smallest size in years due to drought, state media and officials said Thursday, endangering the ecology in the area and fishermen’s livelihoods. After a dry spell of more than a decade, Poyang Lake in east China’s Jiangxi province is drying up fast as scant rainfall has sent water levels in the Gan River — which feeds the lake — to record lows, the Xinhua news agency said. The lake’s area was 183 square kilometers (73 square miles) Thursday, an official at the local hydrological bureau told AFP — nearly half the average of 344 square kilometers recorded each year on this day since 1951. “This year’s level is very low,” the official said, asking not to be named, adding there had been 65 percent less rainfall in the area since December compared to the average recorded at the same period over the past 60 years. As large as 4,500 square kilometers when at full capacity — more than six times the size of Singapore — the lake is home to the migrating Siberian crane in winter and to a rare finless porpoise all year round. The long drought has left many of the lake’s 10,000 fishing boats stranded in shallow waters. China is regularly affected by crippling dry spells. Last spring, authorities said a drought along the Yangtze River had affected more than 34 million people, leaving livestock without water and parching a major grain belt. In December, Outlook — an official Xinhua news agency weekly — quoted the Yangtze Water Resources Commission as predicting an ongoing drought in the lake area and warning of a threat to the local ecology and economic development. –Terra Daily 
Comet Lovejoy the December 2011 omen? “A comet will be seen in heaven – a star, that is, with a tail or appendage—and this apparition will signify destructions and tumults and hard strifes, and withholding of rains, and dryness of the Earth, and mighty battles, and the flowing of blood upon the Earth of the east, and from beyond the River Harbor it will reach to the very end of the west. And the just and the truly righteous will be oppressed and will suffer persecutions, and the house of prayer will be destroyed.” – Rigord of St. Denis 12th centuryThe Extinction Protocol, page 18
Texas worst drought on record: The National Weather Service has officially declared last year as the driest on record in Texas and the second hottest. Meteorologists predict the situation won’t improve much this year. That means water restrictions will continue, and we’ll lose millions of trees. Record-setting heat and little rain in 2011 has left North Texas in a severe drought. The water level at Lake Lavon is down 12 feet. “It is a challenging time, especially to bring awareness to our consumers and businesses how critical our drought has impacted our reservoirs,” said Denise Hickey, spokesperson for the North Texas Municipal Water District. “As we’re planning to move through this drought period, we’re also planning and initiating additional strategies to bring additional sources online.” The diminished water supply forced many counties to put residents under water restrictions indefinitely. The Texas Forest Service says the drought may have killed as much as 10 percent of the state’s trees. That’s 500 million trees. Some trees in your yard might look dead, but tree experts say don’t cut them down yet. They still might come back in the spring and you should continue watering them. “A lot of trees are dormant and a lot of trees go dormant early when there’s a drought situation. And they kind of do that for a defense mechanism,” said Matt Grubisich, urban forester for the Texas Trees Foundation. “Most municipalities still let you use a soaker hose, and that is a very adequate way to be able to still water your trees.” Forecasters expect the drought to last through at least June. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Grubisich. -MSNBC 
Argentia’s worst drought in almost a century: Dry weather that’s hurting soybean and corn crops in Argentina may cause more damage than the 2008-2009 drought that was the worst in 70 years, a farming group said today, disputing a government statement. The current spell of hot, dry weather covers more area and started earlier in the season than the previous drought, the Argentine Association of Regional Consortia for Agricultural Experimentation said in an e-mailed statement today. That contradicts Argentina’s National Institute for Farming Technology, which said it’s “optimistic” the weather situation will improve. While precipitation levels in December were “way below average,” the drought can “in no way be compared to what happened in 2008,” Carlos Casamiquela, the institute’s head, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Corn and soybean crops are suffering after weeks of low rainfall in Argentina and southern Brazil because of the La Nina weather pattern. Argentina’s soybean output plunged by almost a third to 32 million tons in the 2008-2009 season from 46.2 million tons a year earlier. -Bloomberg 
Mexico’s worst drought in 70 years: Mexico’s social development secretary says an estimated 600,000 households suffered property damage or crop losses due to an unusual combination of floods, drought and freezing weather in 2011. Heriberto Felix Guerra says the drought has been so bad that about 2.6 million people in about 1,650 villages and towns in northern Mexico do not even have drinking water. Felix Guerra’s agency has helped truck in water to those communities. He said that hundreds of other communities in the country’s southeast had suffered persistent flooding. He said in a statement Sunday that the extreme weather appeared to be caused by climate change, and predicted that such natural disasters will become worse in coming years. -Google AP 
Wildfires, floods, droughts across Latin America: From Chile to Colombia to Mexico, Latin America has been battered recently by wildfires, floods and droughts. For many witnessing the extreme weather in the region and around the world, the question that comes up again and again is whether climate change is playing a role. The response from experts: Probably. While leading climate scientists are unable to pin any single flood or heat wave solely on climate change, experts say the number of extreme weather events is increasing worldwide and the evidence suggests global warming is having an impact. Wildfires are raging in Chile during an atypical heat wave, and northern Mexico is suffering from its worst drought in 70 years of record-keeping. A second straight season of heavy rains in Colombia killed at least 182 people, destroyed more than 1,200 homes and caused an estimated $2 billion in damage in the past four months. Researchers predict more wild, unusual weather in the coming years, and they say Latin America is especially vulnerable because deforestation and sprawling construction have made the region more susceptible to flooding and landslides. At a rose farm in the Colombian town of Chia, workers say floodwaters covered fields of roses last month for the second time in less than a year, leaving damaged greenhouses and a wasteland of shriveled flowers. “Never in the history of this farm – and it’s a business with 30 years in the market – have we ever had any such problem,” said Javier Castellanos, the farm’s manager, who estimates the damage at more than $6 million after floods in April and December. –Huffington Post 
Drought plagues Israel for 8th year: Israel is being hit with another official drought for the eighth year in a row, according to the country’s Water Authority. Figures released Monday by the government’s executive branch in charge of Israel’s water economy classified this year as “arid.”At present, Israel’s water supply stands at roughly 2 billion cubic meters. The winter season, which normally should be filled with rain, has measured up to only 72 percent of the multi-year average rainfall thus far, state-run Voice of Israel radio reported. At the beginning of December 2011, it appeared as though early winter rains might have saved the situation, slightly reducing the drop in the water level in Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). But last year’s season, even with one month of relatively heavy rains, was still fairly dry and did not escape the official drought that has wracked the entire Middle East for a decade. Nevertheless, if January through March 2012 are filled with rain, Israel might yet luck out, and break the cycle.  –Israel Nation
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37 Responses to The comet and the great drought of 2011-2012: Rain disappears from skies from China to South America

  1. Shano says:

    Wow you are really stepping up the doomsday message. Yes we are having more droughts and freak weather etc etc but that is what the scientists and most of the world call global warming. Not as reactionist call a sign of the impending end of days in 2012.

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    • This is straight out of my book which was written in 2009, which you obviously haven’t read because I have never said the world will end in 2012. The only thing that has stepped up in your awareness of these event. More events, more news…if it’s raising your fear factor; I would say that’s your internal struggle for not be prepared to except the inevitable as is the 99.9%. And if you didn’t think something wasn’t going awry with the planet, you wouldn’t be wandering these hallways- you’ld be in class. According to scientists, there have been 5 mass extinctions in Earth’s history…so the cycles of wiping the planet clean is Earth doing her thing they say and consequently there’s nothing “fear” can do about it to change it. So fear has nothing to do with this message.

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      • Jon Richards says:

        Alvin, as always a point well made. I too find it hard to believe how many people fail to see these events, to link them, and realise how they are escalating, and even more how many refuse and refute the obvious changes occuring at the moment – unfortunately most of humankind choose to live with their heads buried firmly in the sand. I for one am very greatfull for your wisdom, guidance and kind words in these troubled times, as are many other like minded individuals & friends I have no doubt. They say ignorance is bliss? I must dissagree, surely ignorance is just easier than the truth for the vast majority? Thank you again Alvin for all you bring to those who have their eyes open and want to know the truth. Jon.

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      • Jon, thanks for your kind words and understanding. The hour is late, the market is nigh closing and if we haven’t bought the oil for our lamps by now; we won’t make it back in time to before the chamber door is forever shut. They say dying in one’s sleep is the most preferable forms of human deaths and for the vast majority of people in our world today; that appears to be true. They’re not interested in anything that challenges their way of life until it threatens their means of living. I thank God for all that He has given us, and we have shared and the circle of community friendship that has encircled us in.

        Wishing you the best,
        Alvin

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      • KB says:

        I love your articles — your site is one of two I always visit first thing in the morning — very insightful — and, yes, the Earth is a remarkable entity and able to shake off most, if not all of what ails her. Unless something changes remarkably in the next few months, northern USA sure looks like a drought is a’coming too. Up here, I can still see grass amid 40-degree temperatures – unheard of in January. Though I must say, from a purely scientific viewpoint, it is actually quite exhilarating to be alive to see such amazing Earth changes occurring, but then, as you say, we’ve personally prepared as much as humanly possible, so we don’t fear them — it either will or will not be.

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      • mike says:

        well said.

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    • K says:

      He doesn’t think the world will end in 2012 and he is only giving out important about earth changes I for one want to know. I don’t want to stick my head in the sand anymore, but you must be curious of things too if you googled and came to this site. Unless I’m wrong with my assumption. No where did he state the world will end in 2012.

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    • pagan66 says:

      The term Global Warming is the wool that you are pulling over your own eyes to shut out the real Truth of what is happening to not just our planet but our entire universe. Read back through the archives on this site & notice the definite escalation of events & you will eventually see an extremely alarming pattern glaring right at you. Some friendly advice Shano – start preparing, start stocking & open your eyes & mind.

      And – Just for the record – Alvin Conway is no alarmist

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  2. John says:

    Sorry we have rain since weeks here in Ecuador (Napo) and we should have the dry season since a few weeks .

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    • Kev says:

      Record drought in one area doesn’t mean record drought everywhere. If anything, the fact that you have lots of unexpected rain in your dry season is just more evidence to help prove the main point: Something quite unusual is going on.

      To the original post: 200+ mph straight-line winds in different countries (no tornado); record cold; record heat; record drought; record snow; record winds; record earthquakes and several devastating tsunamis in the last few years. (Add the ongoing economic crisis…another topic altogether) If calling it ‘global warming’ — giving it a label — helps you sleep better at night, fine. But how bad is your ‘global warming’ going to get? Don’t know about you, but I’ll play it safe and assume these events might eventually affect me, whether directly or indirectly, and prepare accordingly. I could care less what year it is.

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  3. Irene C says:

    It’s just so hard to imagine that a planet that is mostly water would have so much drought. Imagine someone, out there on another planet, looking at our planet and thinking that we would never have a water problem.

    Maranatha

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  4. RainMan says:

    As climate change is obviously undeniable, is it plausable that the riseing temperatures causing drought are just the prelude to colder changes? The weather is totally off tilt and it’s confusing to say the least.
    Peace and Blessings

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    • Dennis E. says:

      Rainman: Dennis E. Here: A very plausable idea indeed. Here in Eastern North Carolina, one day it is warm, another day its cold and breezey which leads to more people catching colds
      and whatever.

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      • PAT2 says:

        Replying: Maryland/DC area was warm over the weekend (near 70) and then today (1/9/12) it snowed and was not broadcasted for. Started today early afternoon (around 12Noon EST) and ended close to 6pm EST or so. If it weren’t for the warm air on Saturday and Sunday, we would have well over 5 inches by now because the snow was falling heavy, grass was covered and by early evening, some roads were snow covered. Supposedly going down to 20′s tonight and no more snow – well will see. I watched the local news and Weather Channel this morning before leaving out and snow was not called for, chance of showers (not downpours) was predicted. A family member in NC stated weeked was very warm and today it is very cold (freezing) with heavy rain. This weather has been soo……. unpredictable.

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      • Pat is is happening Down Under too…….
        Tasmania had summer last week, beautiful warm days, right now we are back (it is almost 8am) 9 degrees C and wet with high winds and gale warnings……… Summer usually lasts more than one week even though we are close to the Antarctic

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  5. SeriousSneep says:

    I am not sure yet about the correlation between the signs of tribulations and the current world crisis (and it is a crisis make no mistake). I guess it’s me and my personal conflict with religion… this is not to say I am not religous though. It just hard to imagine these these times are worse than that of the carnage of the Dark Ages and the Bubonic Plauge or the global impact of world war II. I would have called that an appocolypse too. Though one cannot dismiss the uncanny parallels between prophecy and today’s current events. This is just the begining for certian and one cannot rule out what one does not know. Fasten your seatbelts and hope this ride has air bags.

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    • Johnny Mac says:

      An Apocalypse (Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis; “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted.

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  6. there will be signs in the heavens……… birthpangs ……. only the beginnings……. Come Lord Jesus

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  7. carl says:

    I live in chihuahua,mex
    We are in winter but it looks like we were in summer, we are having the worst drought in decades and it seems like its not going to stop.

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  8. Bill H says:

    WOW…

    Cooling of the planetary flows will result in deceased water content in the air and dare i say it….Drought….

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  9. ashuka says:

    Alvin I have read your book and have enjoyed the book very much. I am prepared for anything that comes my way. Thank you…….

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  10. ldsrr91 says:

    Do you suppose that all of this has happened before, only difference being, that now we have much more capable means of reporting and disseminating the information to the rest of the world?

    DS

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    • Yes, it has happened before but never with 7 billion people on the planet. That’s the problem. Scientists speak of 5 previous mass extinctions in Earth’s history. According to their oral history, the Hopi Indians speak of the 5th world to emerge from global cataclysm. One of these days- we’re going to figure out that maybe they are talking about the same series of catastrophic events.

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  11. Andy Burgess says:

    Excellent posts, as a Christian i’m very aware of biblical prophecy and the events and information that you post shows us cleary that we are indeed in the times Jesus spoke of and the conditions in which he would return. Jesus was clear that only God knows the exact times of all things however God enlightened us through prophecy exactly what we should look out for near the end.
    Once again excellent posts and its really interesting to see real news that mainstream media seems to see as insignificant

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  12. prayntongues says:

    I live in the Central Valley in California. We are having a dry season this winter, the weather has been very mild. Yesterday, the local news reported that the snow measurement in the Sierra Mountains measured 1.4″ !! Much of California depends on snowmelt for drinking water. Although last winter, we had 200% above normal snowfall, the scant amount of snow at present time is very worrisome. There is a saying here, Food grows where water flows, I hope we get some rain and snow soon.

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    • The swings between such dramatic extremes is part of the climatic shock the planet is experiencing as change accelerates. Last year the Sierras had record snowfall.

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      • mike says:

        Alvin, do you feel the solar system warm up is due to increased solar winds etc? And we are in the path of that?

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      • Mike, my research suggest this is coming from outside the solar system…cosmic rays or gamma ray burst or unknown source of x-ray transmission, possibly from an unknown blackhole or intersteller nebula. Whatever it is, it’s so powerful- it’s shrinking the Sun’s heliosphere.

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  13. Dan says:

    Weather Wars by Stephen Quayle. I don’t know that all these events are linked to weaponry but I find it odd that these situations only seem to effect certain regions. Yes indeed the sermon on the mount is slowly coming to pass. I’m glad God gave us the warnings I just hope if I’m one of those who is destined to die during the prophecy as opposed to those lucky few who are here during the Messiah’s return that I go with a minimal amount of pain. I live in Ontario and am 30 years old. Growing up I’ve never known of an earthquake to happen in our region but we have had two over the last two years that I’m aware of. With all the biblical prophecy out there I just can’t understand an Atheist’s stance anymore. I also can’t understand why people choose ignorance over information. Society is truly changing and values are not what they once were.

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  14. Remember guys , we are at the end of the solar maximum , and we are about to align with the sun and the center of our galaxy , so the gamma rays are already hitting us , and the sun is increasing its hotspots , so we are bound to still have drought this summer and mabye , the end !!!! if not , the sun will go in sollar minimun and because of polution we could enter an other small iceage !!!!

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