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

Sunday, January 8, 2012
By Paul Martin
January 8, 2012

BEIJING – China’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 century – The Extinction Protocol, page 18

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