The Great Buffalo Blizzard of 2022
I’ve often wondered why anyone would want to live in the Great Lakes, especially in the zones that receive lake-effect snow. When I lived in Nebraska, most major snows only delivered 4-6 inches. Here in Arkansas, we just wait a couple of days, and the snow will all melt away. About every third year, we don’t receive any accumulating snow during the winter season.
I remember the great Blizzard of 1977 – widely known as Buffalo’s worst storm of all time, at least prior to this month. That storm hit Western New York and Southern Ontario from January 28 to February 1, 1977.
The ’77 storm was so bad that many people thought they would never see one that was worse. “I’d be shocked if we got another storm to compare to the Blizzard of ’77 in my lifetime, in my kids’ lifetime, or even in their kids’ lifetime,” a National Weather Service meteorologist told the Buffalo News for their story five years ago. He called it a once-in-200-year weather event.
During the Blizzard of ’77, there were some areas that received over 100 inches of snow. Lake-effect snow can vary greatly because it is the result of winds drifting over the same location for a long period of time. Most areas in Buffalo only got a foot of snow. The huge drifts in the city were the result of winds of 46 mph with gusts up to 69 mph and 13 hours of whiteout conditions. The snow blew in from miles away.
Unlike in ’77, Lake Erie was not frozen over, so last week’s storm was able to dump massive amounts of snow on Buffalo. After already getting 4 feet of snow, another 22 inches had fallen on Friday, which was nearly double the previous one-day snowfall record.
More than 37 people are reported to have died in the region. The toll surpasses that of the historic Blizzard of 1977, blamed for killing as many as 29 people.
The dead were found in cars, homes, and snowbanks. Some perished while shoveling snow, others when emergency crews could not respond in time to medical crises. Poloncarz, a Democrat, called the blizzard “the worst storm probably in our lifetime,” even in an area known for heavy snow. More bodies are expected to be found as the snow is cleared or melts.
Hochul, a Democrat, noted the storm came a little over a month after the region was inundated with another historic snowfall. Between the two storms, snowfall totals are not far off from the 95.4 inches the area normally sees in an entire winter season.
Unlike the Blizzard of 1977, there has been a huge amount of looting in the Buffalo area. Several stores like Walmart, Dollar General, Louie’s Texas Red Hots, Rick’s Sports Apparel, the Broadway Market, a 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, and other Mom & Pop retail stores have been hit. Some stores were nearly picked clean of any merchandise of any major value.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia acknowledged during a press conference that officers had responded to several reports of looting and that arrests had been made.
“People who are out looting when people are losing their lives in this harsh winter storm is just absolutely reprehensible,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said during the press conference. “I don’t know how these people can even live with themselves, how they can look at themselves in the mirror. They are the lowest of the low.”
The liberal media have absolutely ignored the looting in Buffalo. My best guess is that New York is a leftist state with a leftist governor, so they don’t want to highlight an embarrassment for people who share their same mindset.
In one news conference, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were asked about the looting, and they would say only that a few incidents of looting have been confirmed. New York State Police Superintendent said at the same meeting, “We have had two confirmed reports of looting incidents where law enforcement has been dispatched and responded.”
The Great Buffalo Blizzard of 2022 ends a year with massive fires, a deadly hurricane in Florida, 1,000-year floods, and a major war in Europe. These are just some of the sighs that Jesus spoke as being the warning of the rapture’s nearness.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:4-8).
A Connecticut Yankee in King Jesus’ Court
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), the late-nineteenth—early-twentieth-century humorist-writer, penned his famous A Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court. It was a fanciful play on the legend of Camelot and all involved in matters of King Arthur and his knights of the round table in ancient England.
The 1940s Hollywood film adaptation starring Bing Crosby by the same title was a much lighter-hearted portrayal than Twain’s book. While moments of humor dotted the book’s story, a dark, dystopian undercurrent permeated, projecting the author’s cynical, even fatalistic, view of the world.
In the film, the protagonist endures the morose evil of ancient European society while trying to improve that world with his advanced technological knowledge. In the end—and back in the future that is his own time—he lives happily (we suppose ever after) with the exact copy of the girl he fell in love with in that ancient dream-vision.
However, in the original story, his dream-vision carrying him throughout King Arthur’s kingdom with the king himself at his side ends with unfulfilled hope. The protagonist sees all he tried to accomplish back in time come to nothing. And, in his own time, he drifts into death toward an unknown hereafter.
The story, then, is really the author’s allegorical treatment of humanity going down a one-way road that, no matter the victories and even kindly intentions along the way, ends without fulfillment or hope. This, despite the famous author’s wit and humor, was the view Clemens—an agnostic, and some say an atheist—had: Life is without hope; it is without God.
Apart from God, there is no future “happily ever after,” only moments of imagined joy that are fading—they’re temporary and fleeting. At all times, there is a God-shaped void within the human soul that, through self-generated effort, can, at best, assuage the inner emptiness for a moment during our physical existence.
As believers who have the very essence of God dwelling in us, we can be joyful and blessed beyond measure, despite this increasingly darkening world. It is this oppressive, depressing, wicked world system that is the temporary, fleeting, sometimes nightmare-like occupation in this foreign land that believers will soon evacuate for a glorious future where joy never fades; rather, it builds in never-ending ecstasy.
As we come to the beginning of this new year, I again want to tell of another Connecticut Yankee–this one isn’t in a fictitious king’s court but in the court of the King of all kings.
Tom, of the Watchman River podcasts—a Connecticut resident—is the teacher who stations himself beside the Connecticut River and proclaims King Jesus on a daily basis.
Many of you now know about his efforts to simply and humbly lay out truth about God’s care for you and me—His absolute love for all of humanity.
Because our website is Rapture Ready, I’m especially eager to propose going to this podcast ministry hosted by Tom each and every day when possible.
We post his links to the daily programs on a regular basis so that God’s truth is a click away at any time.
Tom presents news of the day that is filled with likely prophetic significance. He especially brings in the pre-Trib Rapture and its nearness because of the exploding news items that are literally flashing the brilliant red alert of Jesus Christ’s coming intervention into this anti-God world system.
So I call my friend Tom a “Connecticut Yankee in King Jesus’ court.”
No matter where any believer lives, he or she is a member of King Jesus’ court.
Please understand that we aren’t merely “subjects” as believers during this Church Age. We are the Bride of the King of all kings. We are the very children of God the Father. We are joint heirs with King Jesus!
Can there be a more magnificent prospect than to be in this eternal kingdom and expecting Jesus’ any moment call for us to “Come up here!”? (Revelation 4:1).
Here is a link to one of Tom’s most recent programs in which he speaks in eloquently simple words about the King who is about to summon us into that realm where He’s been preparing our mansions for glory in eternity.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).
***Notice of invitation from Prophecy-teaching church***
We get questions about where to find churches that believe and teach the preTrib view of Bible prophecy as Truth from God’s Word. Here is an invitation from Pastor Mark Hall, a long-time friend:
“Those who live in Middle Tennessee and are hungry to hear Bible prophecy are welcome to attend at my church to hear a new Bible prophecy series beginning January 8, called “The Watchman on the Wall.” The topics will include why the church must be prepared for the rapture and why we must live godly lives until He comes. I will be covering the New World Order, Israel, and the signs of our times, the four horsemen, and the signs that reveal that the tribulation is moving toward us.
The name of our church is Ransom church located north of Shelbyville, TN on highway 231 North. Our church service starts at 10:00 am.
You can email Mark Hall at the following. firstname.lastname@example.org
For GPS purposes input the following address.
3401 Highway 231 North
Shelbyville, TN. 37160
We prayerfully hope you will come be a part of our services.”