America Under Judgment

Jonathan Cahn came to prominence in the news after being on shows like "It's Supernatural", The Jim Baker Show, Pat Robertson's 700 Club, and others and he's spoken at the United Nations and the presidential prayer breakfast. 

This man is anointed of God and speaks prophetic words.

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Judgment On America

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In June of 2000, I preached a message titled, "Judgment of America".  I stated that "a storm is coming upon America" because of the following abominations: the practice of infanticide via abortion, honoring homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, respecting other false  religions as equal with Christianity, exalting the "Big Bang" theory as Creator rather than God, and expelling the Bible and God from our public schools and other public institutions.  I stated that "the storm was coming", judgment from God.  Fifteen months later America was humbled by the terrorist attacks on 9-11.  I'm not trying to exalt myself as being some kind of a prophet, for anyone who faithfully studies their Bible could have arrived at the same conclusion, as you will see demonstrated from Scripture.

After 9-11 America had a brief superficial revival, which dissipated fast.  Why?  It was because there was no true repentance.  The abortion mills kept running; fanatical extreme gay rights legislation continued to be adopted; atheist evolutionary concepts continued to brainwash our children in our public schools; activist courts continued to expel God and His commandments from our society; and, false religions continued to be elevated to equal, if not superior, status with Christianity.  In fact, the same "false religion" that had attacked America was being revered as a good and peaceful religion that worshipped the same God as Christianity.

Two of America's abominations, abortion and homosexuality, are the exact "antithesis" of who Jesus is and of what He stands for. Jesus is all about "life". Jesus stated that He is the "life", and He said that He came so that we could have "life", and have it more abundantly (John 10:10; 14:6). He also tells us to "choose life", so that our descendants may live (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Abortion, however, is all about death. Abortion ends the life of a child. What a pregnant woman has in her womb is not a "fetus"; it is a "child" or "baby". When Jesus' mother, Mary, visited Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, Elizabeth said that her "babe" or "baby" leaped in her womb at the sound of Mary's voice (Luke 1:41-44). It wasn't a "fetus" in Elizabeth's womb; it was a "baby". And, when Mary was pregnant with Jesus, the Bible states that she was "with child", not with a fetus (Luke 2:4-7). Furthermore, the Scriptures tell us that God is the one who is "forming" and "making" that child in the womb, and the Bible states that God has already "fashioned" or "planned" all of the days of that child's entire life while still in the mother's womb (Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:4-5). Finally, in Exodus 21:22-23, God clearly states that a child who has not yet been born, is a "life" just as much as a grown man who causes the death of that child by hurting the mother. The Bible declares that the "life" of that man will be taken as just punishment for the "life" of that child which was still in the womb; Scripture says "life for life".

Homosexuality is also all about death. A person who participates in homosexual sexual relations is more than a thousand times more likely to contract the deadly disease of AIDS, than a person who participates in heterosexual relations. Moreover, if homosexuality was universally and exclusively practiced by all people, it would exterminate the human race in less than one century. Yes, homosexuality is indeed also "all about death".

America's two national abominations, protecting and exalting abortion/infanticide as being constitutionally protected freedom of choice, and protecting and exalting the practice of homosexuality as an acceptable and moral lifestyle equivalent to heterosexuality; these two "national abominations", coupled with the others previously mentioned, will bring additional greater judgments upon America.

Why do I say this?  I say it because our God is fair, just and consistent.  He does not "play favorites".  The Bible states that He is "no respecter of persons"; He does not practice partiality (Deuteronomy 10:17; 2nd Chronicles 19:7; Acts 10:34; Ephesians 6:9; Romans 2:11).  And, the Bible also states that God and Jesus Christ do not change; they're always the same (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).  Furthermore, Scripture declares that we will "reap what we sow", and, that if we "sow the wind, we will reap the whirlwind" (Galatians 6:7-8; Hosea 8:7).  Therefore, if God has judged other nations in the past for similar behavior, which He has, we can expect that He will also judge America.

Why shouldn't God judge a nation like America?  The past 37 years we have murdered approximately 50 million babies via abortion.  That equals more innocent lives slaughtered than Hitler and Stalin combined.  One out of every four babies in America is aborted/killed.  Every single year in America we kill more babies than the number of American soldiers killed in every war that we've ever fought added together: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the war with Mexico over Texas, The Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, Vietnam, and both Gulf Wars.

And, what about homosexuality?  Is homosexuality a sin? Is it an abomination?  What does the Bible say about it?  Genesis 13:13 states that the men of "Sodom", which is where our word of "sodomy" came from, were exceedingly wicked.  Genesis 19:1-11 reveals that their sin was homosexuality, for it states that the men of Sodom wanted to "know", in a sexual way, the two male angel guests of Lot.  The New Testament concurs, for verse seven in the book of Jude states that the sexually immoral sin of Sodom was that they went after "strange flesh".  The Bible specifically calls homosexuality an "abomination" (Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13).  Romans 1:26-27 speaks of the sin of homosexuality, saying that people exchanged the "natural use" for what is against nature.  It mentions men being with men and women being with women, and says they were committing what is "shameful"; moreover, it refers to these practices as being "vile passions".  And, 1st Corinthians 6:9-10 lists sodomites or homosexuals among those categories of sinners that will not be allowed to inherit the Kingdom of God.  Yet, our nation, which claims to be "one nation under God", has placed its constitutional stamp of approval and "honorability" upon it, even referring to it as being an equally acceptable alternative lifestyle.

When I speak of the practice of homosexuality as being an abomination, which the Bible says that it is, I am not referring to individual homosexuals as being abominations.  God loves every homosexual person just as much as He loves me or anyone else.  And, Jesus died to save them from their sin, just as He died to save me from my sin.  However, the Bible is clear that we all must confess our sins and repent of them, rather than make excuses for continuing to practice them.  Homosexuality is just one particular type of sin among many that can enslave us, such as dishonesty, adultery, fornication, murder, idolatry, thievery, covetousness, selfishness, anger, lust and pride.  Now it is true that only a few sins are called abominations, as is the case with homosexuality.  However, lest the rest of us sinners become "proud" and deceive ourselves, there are a couple of common sins that most of us have struggled with at some time or other that are also called abominations; those sins are pride and deceit or dishonesty (Proverbs 16:5; Proverbs 6:16-19).  So, I do not sit in judgment of the sin of homosexuality, as though my past sins of pride and deceit were less offensive to God.  What I do rightly address concerning homosexuality, however, is the attitude of so many homosexuals today regarding their sin.  They hold "gay pride" marches and rallies, as though their sin is something to be proud of.  And, many of them proclaim that it was God's will for them to be homosexual, because He intentionally created them that way.  I do not see groups of "proud people" and liars holding "deceit and dishonesty rallies" or "pride and arrogance marches"; moreover, I do not hear them proclaiming that it's God's will for them to be proud and deceitful.  The attitude of so many homosexuals today, more or less "spitting in God's face", by blaming Him for their sin and proudly wallowing in it, is what I'm referring to when I speak of homosexuality in this article.

Should we not expect additional and greater judgments upon America?  Shall America not "reap what she sows"?  Shall America not receive similar judgments from God as other nations who also committed abominations against Him, remembering that God does not show partiality? The Bible tells us that disobedient and rebellious nations will be destroyed and turned into hell (Psalm 9:17; Jeremiah 12:17).  So, beware America! 

There is a striking parallel between America and what the Bible says about the ancient kingdom of Babylon, especially in the New Living Translation (Isaiah 47:8-11).  Babylon was called a "pleasure crazy kingdom" that thought it was the greatest in the world, but its own "wisdom" had turned it away from God.  This is certainly an apt description of today's America.  And, what did God say was to happen to Babylon?  He said that disaster would come upon her, and that calamity and catastrophe would arise so fast that she wouldn't know what hit her, and she would not be able to buy her way out of it.  So, beware America!

The experience and example of Israel should also serve as a warning for our nation.  In Ezekiel 7:1-13, 23-27, God accuses Israel of practicing "abominations" and filling their land with "crimes of blood".  God stated that the end had come upon them and that He would pour out His fury and anger and repay them for their abominations, bringing disaster upon disaster on Israel.  Therefore, our nation's abominable practices and "crimes of blood" against our aborted children are surely crying out to a righteous God who does not change as well.  So, beware America!

The sin of infanticide is specifically singled out in Scripture, and was responsible for bringing God's judgments upon Israel.  In Ezekiel 23:36-39, 45-49, God promised to bring trouble and plunder upon Israel because they had slain and sacrificed their children to their "idols"; moreover, God stated that the women had "blood on their hands".  How very applicable this scripture is to the 50 million women who have chosen to abort their babies in our nation.  However, I must hasten to say that Jesus removes the guilt and stain of their sin when they come to Him in sincere repentance asking for forgiveness.  Nevertheless, the relevance of this text is obvious.  America has also sacrificed its children to modern-day idols of radical, liberal feminism, situational ethics, secular humanism and the supposedly noble slogan of "pro-choice".  So, beware America!

Israel's sin of infanticide is again referred to in Jeremiah 7:27-34. The Bible states that Israel sacrificed their sons and daughters to other abominable gods by "burning them" in the fire. Therefore, God said that He would remove the gladness from Israel, and that He would allow Israel to be slaughtered by her enemies to such an extent that the beasts and birds would eat the corpses of Israel. As previously stated, America has also sacrificed its children to its modern-day, radical, liberal political idols, and, thus, can expect similar judgments from God. So, beware America!

In Jeremiah 19:3-11, God also warned Israel that He was going to bring such a catastrophe upon their land, that whoever heard of it, his "ears would tingle".  This catastrophe included severe famine to such a degree that it would result in cannibalism. What was their sin that caused this impending doom?  The Bible states that they had filled their land with the blood of the "innocents".  Certainly the blood of 50 million innocent, aborted/killed American babies also cries out to a righteous God who does not change.  So, beware America!

Ezekiel 5:5-10 states that Jerusalem/Israel had rebelled and done more wickedness and abominations than the other nations. Therefore, God declared that He would execute judgments on Jerusalem/Israel in the sight of the other nations. Once again, one of those judgments was terrible famine to such an extent that it resulted in cannibalism. America has also rebelled more than the other nations, forsaking the God of Christianity who blessed and established her in the beginning, by exalting false gods to equal or greater status. And, America has become the top exporter of the abominations of abortion, pornography and the radical gay agenda to nations throughout the world. So, beware America!

Israel's history is summed up well in Ezekiel 16:1-23, 35-41, and it is remarkable how comparable it is to the history of America.  This passage states that God had taken Israel in the beginning when they were struggling, and had blessed them in every way until Israel had become beautiful.  However, they rebelled against God and abused His blessings, using them to worship other gods, and sacrificing their children to them.

What about America?  God also took our nation in the beginning when it was struggling, and blessed it in every way and made it beautiful, because our founding fathers had founded it on Christian principles; moreover, there was only one God worshipped in America, the God of Christianity.  However, America has also rebelled against God and abused His blessings.  As previously mentioned, our nation sacrifices her children via abortion to our modern-day gods of secular humanism, situational ethics, radical feminism and a perverted "pro-choice" slogan.  And, America has also taken God's financial blessings via our taxes, and has offered them to these modern-day gods by financing their unholy agendas.  So, beware America!

Isaiah 5:20-25 decries "woe" upon those who call evil good and call good evil.  Unfortunately, that is the sad state that we have come to in America.  The ones who oppose the radical gay agenda, because of the Bible's clear position on homosexuality, are called disparaging names, such as homophobe, while the ones involved in the lewd and unbiblical behavior are exalted as practicing an honorable, alternative lifestyle.  Furthermore, the ones praying outside of the abortion clinic are hauled away as criminals if they get too close to the doorway of the abortion building, while the doctors and nurses killing the babies inside the clinic are considered to be fine, upstanding, law-abiding citizens.  Beware America!  The storm is coming!

If America continues its abomination-honoring, child-aborting, false religion-exalting, Christianity-rejecting ways; then America is racing toward catastrophic judgments from God and its ultimate humbling.


War Threat Rises As Economy Declines — Paul Craig Roberts,

May 11, 2015 

War Threat Rises As Economy Declines
Paul Craig Roberts, Keynote Address to the Annual Conference of the Financial West Group, New Orleans, May 7, 2015

The defining events of our time are the collapse of the Soviet Union, 9/11, jobs offshoring, and financial deregulation. In these events we find the basis of our foreign policy problems and our economic problems.

The United States has always had a good opinion of itself, but with the Soviet collapse self-satisfaction reached new heights. We became the exceptional people, the indispensable people, the country chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world. This neoconservative doctrine releases the US government from constraints of international law and allows Washington to use coercion against sovereign states in order to remake the world in its own image.

To protect Washington’s unique Uni-power status that resulted from the Soviet collapse, Paul Wolfowitz in 1992 penned what is known as the Wolfowitz Doctrine. This doctrine is the basis for Washington’s foreign policy. The doctrine states:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

In March of this year the Council on Foreign Relations extended this doctrine to China.

Washington is now committed to blocking the rise of two large nuclear-armed countries. This commitment is the reason for the crisis that Washington has created in Ukraine and for its use as anti-Russian propaganda. China is now confronted with the Pivot to Asia and the construction of new US naval and air bases to ensure Washington’s control of the South China Sea, now defined as an area of American National Interests.

9/11 served to launch the neoconservatives’ war for hegemony in the Middle East. 9/11 also served to launch the domestic police state. While civil liberties have shriveled at home, the US has been at war for almost the entirety of the 21st century, wars that have cost us, according to Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, at least $6 trillion dollars. These wars have gone very badly. They have destabilized governments in an important energy producing area. And the wars have vastly multiplied the “terrorists,” the quelling of which was the official reason for the wars.

Just as the Soviet collapse unleashed US hegemony, it gave rise to jobs offshoring. The Soviet collapse convinced China and India to open their massive underutilized labor markets to US capital. US corporations, with any reluctant ones pushed by large retailers and Wall Street’s threat of financing takeovers, moved manufacturing, industrial, and tradable professional service jobs, such as software engineering, abroad.

This decimated the American middle class and removed ladders of upward mobility. US GDP and tax base moved with the jobs to China and India. US real median family incomes ceased to grow and declined. Without income growth to drive the economy, Alan Greenspan resorted to an expansion of consumer debt, which has run its course. Currently there is nothing to drive the economy.

When the goods and services produced by offshored jobs are brought to the US to be sold, they enter as imports, thus worsening the trade balance. Foreigners use their trade surpluses to acquire US bonds, equities, companies, and real estate. Consequently, interests, dividends, capital gains, and rents are redirected from Americans to foreigners. This worsens the current account deficit.

In order to protect the dollar’s exchange value in the face of large current account deficits and money creation in support of the balance sheets of “banks too big to fail,” Washington has the Japanese and European central banks printing money hand over fist. The printing of yen and euros offsets the printing of dollars and thus protects the dollar’s exchange value.

The Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial and investment banking had been somewhat eroded prior to the total repeal during the second term of the Clinton regime. This repeal, together with the failure to regulate over the counter derivatives, the removal of position limits on speculators, and the enormous financial concentration that resulted from the dead letter status of anti-trust laws, produced not free market utopia but a serious and ongoing financial crisis. The liquidity issued in behalf of this crisis has resulted in stock and bond market bubbles.

Implications, consequences, solutions:

When Russia blocked the Obama regime’s planned invasion of Syria and intended bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that while they had been preoccupied with their wars in the Middle East and Africa for a decade, Putin had restored the Russian economy and military.

The first objective of the Wolfowitz doctrine–to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival–had been breached. Here was Russia telling the US “No.” The British Parliament joined in by vetoing UK participation in a US invasion of Syria. The Uni-Power status was shaken.

This redirected the attention of the neoconservatives from the Middle East to Russia. Over the previous decade Washington had invested $5 billion in financing up-and-coming politicians in Ukraine and non-governmental organizations that could be sent into the streets in protests.

When the president of Ukraine did a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed association of Ukraine with the EU, he saw that it didn’t pay and rejected it. At that point Washington called the NGOs into the streets. The neo-nazis added the violence and the government unprepared for violence collapsed.

Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt chose the new Ukrainian government and established a vassal regime in Ukraine.

Washington hoped to use the coup to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base, Russia’s only warm water port. However, Crimea, for centuries a part of Russia, elected to return to Russia. Washington was frustrated, but recovered from disappointment and described Crimean self-determination as Russian invasion and annexation. Washington used this propaganda to break up Europe’s economic and political relationships with Russia by pressuring Europe into sanctions against Russia.

The sanctions have had adverse impacts on Europe. Additionally, Europeans are concerned with Washington’s growing belligerence. Europe has nothing to gain from conflict with Russia and fears being pushed into war. There are indications that some European governments are considering a foreign policy independent of Washington’s.

The virulent anti-Russian propaganda and demonization of Putin has destroyed Russian confidence in the West. With the NATO commander Breedlove demanding more money, more troops, more bases on Russia’s borders, the situation is dangerous. In a direct military challenge to Moscow, Washington is seeking to incorporate both Ukraine and Georgia, two former Russian provinces, into NATO.

On the economic scene the dollar as reserve currency is a problem for the entire world. Sanctions and other forms of American financial imperialism are causing countries, including very large ones, to leave the dollar payments system. As foreign trade is increasingly conducted without recourse to the US dollar, the demand for dollars drops, but the supply has been greatly expanded as a result of Quantitative Easing. Because of offshored production and US dependence on imports, a drop in the dollar’s exchange value would result in domestic inflation, further lowering US living standards and threatening the rigged, stock, bond, and precious metal markets.

The real reason for Quantitative Easing is to support the banks’ balance sheets. However, the official reason is to stimulate the economy and sustain economic recovery. The only sign of recovery is real GDP which shows up as positive only because the deflator is understated.

The evidence is clear that there has been no economic recovery. With the first quarter GDP negative and the second quarter likely to be negative as well, the second-leg of the long downturn could begin this summer.

Moreover, the current high unemployment (23 percent) is different from previous unemployment. In the postwar 20th century, the Federal Reserve dealt with inflation by cooling down the economy. Sales would decline, inventories would build up, and layoffs would occur. As unemployment rose, the Fed would reverse course and workers would be called back to their jobs. Today the jobs are no longer there. They have been moved offshore. The factories are gone. There are no jobs to which to call workers back.

To restore the economy requires that offshoring be reversed and the jobs brought back to the US. This could be done by changing the way corporations are taxed. The tax rate on corporate profit could be determined by the geographic location at which corporations add value to the products that they market in the US. If the goods and services are produced offshore, the tax rate would be high. If the goods and services are produced domestically, the tax rate could be low. The tax rates could be set to offset the lower costs of producing abroad.

Considering the lobbying power of transnational corporations and Wall Street, this is an unlikely reform. My conclusion is that the US economy will continue its decline.

On the foreign policy front, the hubris and arrogance of America’s self-image as the “exceptional, indispensable” country with hegemonic rights over other countries means that the world is primed for war. Neither Russia nor China will accept the vassalage status accepted by the UK, Germany, France and the rest of Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The Wolfowitz Doctrine makes it clear that the price of world peace is the world’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony.

Therefore, unless the dollar and with it US power collapses or Europe finds the courage to break with Washington and to pursue an independent foreign policy, saying good-bye to NATO, nuclear war is our likely future.

Washington’s aggression and blatant propaganda have convinced Russia and China that Washington intends war, and this realization has drawn the two countries into a strategic alliance. Russia’s May 9 Victory Day celebration of the defeat of Hitler is a historical turning point. Western governments boycotted the celebration, and the Chinese were there in their place. For the first time Chinese soldiers marched in the parade with Russian soldiers, and the president of China sat next to the president of Russia.

The Saker’s report on the Moscow celebration is interesting. Especially note the chart of World War II casualties. Russian casualties compared to the combined casualties of the US, UK, and France make it completely clear that it was Russia that defeated Hitler. In the Orwellian West, the latest rewriting of history leaves out of the story the Red Army’s destruction of the Wehrmacht. In line with the rewritten history, Obama’s remarks on the 70th anniversary of Germany’s surrender mentioned only US forces. In contrast Putin expressed gratitude to “the peoples of Great Britain, France and the United States of America for their contribution to the victory.”

For many years now the President of Russia has made the point publicly that the West does not listen to Russia. Washington and its vassal states in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan do not hear when Russia says “don’t push us this hard, we are not
your enemy. We want to be your partners.”

As the years have passed without Washington hearing, Russia and China have finally realized that their choice is vassalage or war. Had there been any intelligent, qualified people in the National Security Council, the State Department, or the Pentagon, Washington would have been warned away from the neocon policy of sowing distrust. But with only neocon hubris present in the government, Washington made the mistake that could be fateful for humanity.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

Dozens injured, houses destroyed: Powerful storms ravage central US (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: May 11, 2015 11:44

Snow covers the ground off Interstate 90 east of Sturgis, South Dakota, United States, in this view from a highway camera taken May 10, 2015. (Reuters/South Dakota Department of Transportation/Handout)

Snow covers the ground off Interstate 90 east of Sturgis, South Dakota, United States, in this view from a highway camera taken May 10, 2015. (Reuters/South Dakota Department of Transportation/Handout)

Snow, flooding and powerful tornadoes have ripped through many central US states, emergency officials said. The most affected were Texas and South Dakota where dozens of people have been injured and many houses were left in ruins.

The storm hit eastern Van Zandt County and the town of Van in northeast Texas on Sunday, the Van Zandt County fire marshal and emergency management coordinator Chuck Allen said. At least 26 people have been taken to hospital with injuries.

About 30 percent of Van, a town with 2,500 people, was damaged.

"Damages range from completely destroyed homes, damaged homes, to trees and power lines down," Allen said, adding that utility companies are now restoring "vital infrastructures." Also the American Red Cross is to open a shelter at First Baptist Church in Van, Allen said.

At least six people have been pulled out of homes by rescue helicopters in Denton County thunderstorms brought heavy rains in the area, officials said.

The storms have been affecting Texas for almost a week now. On Saturday, one person was killed in a tornado.

READ MORE: Trail of destruction as tornadoes rip through Texas (IMAGES)

Powerful storms have also hit South Dakota where at least nine people received non-threatening injuries. A local Lutheran Church and 20 more buildings have been destroyed.

"Our house is flat. There is nothing left," Stephanie Lunder Delmont told AP.

The officials have been evacuating the residents of Delmont, a town of 234 people.

"It's a voluntary evacuation: there's no water, no heat, no electricity," Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, told Reuters.

David Mathews, 70, who owns Old Bank Mini-Mart in Delmont, said that the storm was very fast.

"We were in our house and knew something was going on and getting ready to go to the basement, then it was over. We just built a brand new fire hall and it was destroyed. Also a row of houses near the fire hall.”

The Black Hills, a small, isolated mountain range, in South Dakota has seen 30cm of snow.

Tornadoes hit central Iowa where a roof from a high school was ripped off. Snow fell in parts of the Rocky Mountains and western Nebraska.

A tropical storm has struck the southeastern US as it created wet and windy conditions in North and South Carolina.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the Tropical Storm Ana should be taken seriously and issued a 14 advisory, saying that “Ana [is] moving farther inland across North Carolina.”


Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Overview

Hurricane Katrina

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the Nation's Scorekeeper in terms of addressing severe weather and climate events in their historical perspective. As part of its responsibility of monitoring and assessing the climate, NCDC tracks and evaluates climate events in the U.S. and globally that have great economic and societal impacts. NCDC is frequently called upon to provide summaries of global and U.S. temperature and precipitation trends, extremes, and comparisons in their historical perspective. Found here are the weather and climate events that have had the greatest economic impact from 1980 to 2014. The U.S. has sustained 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2014). The total cost of these 178 events exceeds $1 trillion.

2014 in Context

In 2014, there were 8 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included a drought event, a flooding event, 5 severe storm events, and a winter storm event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 53 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. Further cost data and figures on individual events in 2014 will be announced in mid-2015.

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Methodology and Data Sources

In 2012, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reviewed its methodology on how NCDC develops Billion-dollar Disasters. NCDC held a workshop with economic experts (May, 2012) and worked with a consulting partner to examine possible inaccuracy and biases in the data sources and methodology used in developing the loss assessments (mid-2013). This ensures more consistency with the numbers NCDC provides on a yearly basis and give more confidence in the year-to-year comparison of information. Another outcome is a published peer-reviewed article "U.S. Billion-dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Data Sources, Trends, Accuracy and Biases" (Smith and Katz, 2013). This research found the net effect of all biases appears to be an underestimation of average loss. In particular, it is shown that the factor approach can result in an underestimation of average loss of approximately 10–15%. This bias was corrected during a reanalysis of the loss data to reflect new loss totals.

It is also known that the uncertainty of loss estimates differ by disaster event type reflecting the quality and completeness of the data sources used in our loss estimation. In 2014, two of the eight billion-dollar events (i.e., the drought and flooding event) have higher potential uncertainty values around the loss estimates due to less coverage of insured assets. The remaining 6 events (i.e., 5 severe local storms and a winter storm) have lower potential uncertainty surrounding their estimate due to more complete insurance coverage. To that end, we have temporarily rounded our loss estimates to the nearest billion dollars while implementing our newest research to define uncertainty and confidence intervals surrounding these loss estimates. The peer-reviewed article "Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates" (Smith and Matthews, 2015) is a next step to enhance the value and usability of estimated disaster costs given data limitations and inherent complexities.

In performing these disaster cost assessments these statistics were taken from a wide variety of sources and represent, to the best of our ability, the estimated total costs of these events -- that is, the costs in terms of dollars that would not have been incurred had the event not taken place. Insured and uninsured losses are included in damage estimates. Sources include the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, other U.S. government agencies, individual state emergency management agencies, state and regional climate centers, media reports, and insurance industry estimates.



List of United States tornadoes from April to May 2015

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of all tornadoes that were confirmed by local offices of the National Weather Service in the United States in April and May 2015.

United States yearly total

Unofficial totals through May 6

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
76 73 15 3 1 0 168


Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
59 51 6 0 1 0 117


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