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AN AMAZING FACT: The fastest temperature rise ever recorded was in Spearfish, South Dakota, on January 22, 1943, when it climbed 49 degrees in only two minutes.
There have been many more strange and amazing weather records set since the use of accurate instruments and official confirmations. For instance, the most consecutive number of days above 100 degrees happened in Marble Bar, Western Australia, from October 31, 1923, to April 7, 1924. That totals 160 days! (I wonder if they also broke records for selling the most lemonade.) The world record for the highest temperature ever recorded was at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, where the thermometer hit an astounding 134 degrees on July 10, 1913.
At the other end of the spectrum, the coldest temperature ever recorded on our planet was at the Vostok Station in the Antarctica on July 21, 1983, where it was minus 128.6 degrees. The fastest temperature drop was 49 degrees in 15 minutes in Rapid City, South Dakota, on January 10, 1911.
When it comes to precipitation, the most rain to ever fall in one minute was 1.5 inches in Barot, Guadeloupe, on November 26, 1970. The most rain in less than one hour was 12 inches in 42 minutes in Holt, Missouri, on June 22, 1947. And the most rain in one year was 1,042 inches in Cherrapunji, India, in 1860. That’s almost 87 feet!
What grabs our attention about unusual weather? Day after day, the weather generally tends to be pretty predictable. Farmers count on this when timing their planting and harvest. So if it snows in the summer or rains during harvest time, this out of place weather can destroy crops. That’s just what Solomon is saying when describing the idea of honoring fools.
I am sorry to say that in today’s culture, we regularly honor people who lack moral judgment. Celebrities who make millions of dollars and have affairs make the front page of the news. Business leaders who steal, sports heroes who use drugs, comedians who pour filth from their mouths, and politicians who break the law are sometimes excused and adored because of their other accomplishments. We’re a little mixed up when we applaud fools. It makes about as much sense as a snowstorm at Furnace Creek in July.
Additional reading: Proverbs 26:1–12
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.