The LORD is slow to anger, and
great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds
are the dust of His feet. Nahum 1:3
I will be watching the low, formally known as Tropical Depression
5, the next couple of days. Here is a brief history of the low.
The low, which was not a typical
tropical low, became an area of concern by NOAA on August 8, 2010. (Yellow 2-10%).
On Sunday, US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell
was preparing for his visit to Israel. On this trip, Mitchell would meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday
and conclude his trip the following day with a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. The
goal of the trip was clear, pull the two sides closer to a breakthrough on the resumption of direct talks.
August 9, 2010, the same day that
Mitchell meets with Abbas in Ramallah, NOAA upgraded the low to a 30% chance of a tropical cyclone formation. (Orange 2-30%)
August 10, 2010, the same day that
Mitchell meets with Netanyahu in Israel, NOAA upgraded the low to TD 5, with a large possibility of the storm strengthening
into a tropical storm within the next 24hrs. (Red Five)
I believe it is note worthy to point out that the Gulf
oil clean up was once again hampered by another relatively small "nuisance" tropical disturbance. Possibly, considering
the circumstances, TS Bonnie (later downgraded to a depression and remnant low as she was over the gulf clean-up area) along
with TD 5, could be two of the most expensive non-impressive storms of their kind. I have no way of knowing for sure, but
I would imagine it is pretty pricey to completely halt operations connected to the Gulf oil clean-up, especially when it was
halted for two storms that didn't seem to be much of anything.
On August 11, 2010, TD 5 continued
to move towards the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, all the while staying just under tropical storm strength.
As the storm was moving closer to the shore, Mitchell was
returning to Washington D.C., without his "breakthrough". Earlier that day the State Department, per Philip
Crowley, commented on Mitchell's visit saying, " There's still work to be done." Crowley elaborated on
this view by saying,
"We believe - through
these meetings, as indicated yesterday, we believe we are closer to direct negotiations than we were last week. But we still
have some details to work through and we will continue to press - work through these details, press as hard as we can to get
the parties into those negotiations as soon as possible. We will continue to consult with the Quartet and others on how we
can be as supportive as possible and to encourage the leaders to say yes and move forward."
Tropical depression 5 continued to
weaken as it came ashore on August 12. (Yellow 1-0%).
NOAA upgraded its forecast of the system to 0% of any further
tropical development within 48hrs. Effectively, NOAA declared the system as dissipated. This system did not dissipate though,
instead it did something strange, it stalled. As it stalled over land, just a bit north of the shore, it continued to pull
in fuel from the warm coastal waters of the Gulf.
this Joe Bastardi video as he explains the peculiarity behind this storm stalling and the potential threat that it presents
by doing such a thing. Also, listen for the time frame; this time frame is one that is similar for the anticipated announcement
with regards to the resumption of direct talks next week.
Abbas is waiting for an anticipated statement from the Quartet
to be released early next week, with some reports even saying that he could give an answer to the Obama administration as
early as this Sunday, August 15. Either way, the announcements seem to be paralleling Bastardi's forecast for the progressive
rejuvenation and eventual resurrection of TD 5. IF Bastardi's forecast is correct and the system achieves tropical storm strength
before any other systems develop in the Atlantic, she would be named Danielle.
Danielle is the feminine form of Daniel, the Hebrew name which means, JEHOVAH is my judge.
I don't know what will happen with the system or whether Abbas
will announce that he is willing to start the direct talks process, but I do know that judgment has always been connected
to the attempted division of the Covenant Land of Israel.
us prayerful watch and listen to the small still voice of the Holy Spirit.