Weather Event Of Biblical Proportions

Graphic Courtesy Of CNN

New research proves that it was and is scientifically possible for large bodies of water to part forming a temporary land bridge as described in the book of Exodus with Moses. It all has to do with the wind and location. In fact, this has occurred at least twice in recorded history.

The National Center Of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is the government’s atmospheric research center that has been key to advancing weather forecasts over the years. It is the same group that maintains all of the United States weather computer models which Meteorologists use to forecast the weather on a daily basis. Lately NCAR has been researching a topic called wind setdown. It is the drop of water level caused by wind stress acting on a surface of water for a period of time. In a nut shell, strong winds over time can pile up water at one end of a body of water and removing it from the other end, possibly removing all of the water creating a temporary land bridge.

NCAR started to observe this process on Lake Erie and also during Hurricane Frances. After that they set out to do a more in-depth research project and through computer modeling discovered that the parting of the waters as described in the book of Exodus that enabled Moses and the Israelites to escape the pharaohs’ army is possible with a strong east wind over 60 mph. The area where researchers believe this is possible is in the area south of the Mediterranean Sea where some oceanographers say a branch of the Nile River drained into what was called the Lake of Tanis, this was a coastal lagoon 3,000 years ago. The computer models also show the waters quickly filling back in when winds die down, so in theory it would have drowned anyone on the mud flat when this occurred including pharaoh’s army.  Here is a look at one of NCAR’s computer models showing the waters part in that location.

The biblical example in Exodus is not the only time this has been recorded in history. At least one other example occurred in 1882. Take a look at the historical record republished in the NCDC research paper. This account was observed by Major-General Alexander B. Tulloch of the British Army on Lake Manzala.

One day, when so employed [surveying] between Port Said and Kantarah, a gale of wind from the eastward set in and became so strong that I had to cease work. Next morning on going out I found that Lake Menzaleh, which is situated on the west side of the [Suez] Canal, had totally disappeared, the effect of the high wind on the shallow water having actually driven it away beyond the horizon, and the natives were walking about on the mud where the day before the fishing-boats, now aground, had been floating. When noticing this extraordinary dynamical effect of wind on shallow water, it suddenly flashed across my mind that I was witnessing a similar event to what had taken place between three and four thousand years ago, at the time of the passage of the so-called Red Sea by the Israelites.

Mr. M. Rooke: I should like to ask the present depth of Lake Menzahleh [sic] near Port Said?

Tulloch: It is only about 5 feet or 6 feet.

Rooke: Where was the water driven to?

Tulloch: It was “packed up” to the north-west.

Rooke: Could you see it in any way?

Tulloch: It was seven miles off. It had absolutely disappeared.

The entire research paper can be found at the following link: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0012481

CNN wrote a great summary of the research paper focusing more on the location of the simulated computer models. Their write-up is at the following link:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/21/where-did-waters-part-for-moses-not-where-you-think/?hpt=C2

Ross Ellet

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One Response

  1. Fascinating! I’m certainly in favor of science supporting the parting of the Red Sea. However, the fact that it opened up just when Moses needed it to and closed up just when Pharoh’s army advanced probably has no good scientific explanation.

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