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Pat Robertson: America's favorite spokesman of God

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Posted 5/18/2006 12:14 PM ET from the Associated Press:

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — In another in a series of notable pronouncements, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says God told him storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America's coastline this year.

Robertson has made the predictions at least four times in the past two weeks on his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded.

Robertson said the revelations about this year's weather came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January.

"If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8. On Wednesday, he added, "There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest."

Robertson has come under intense criticism in recent months for suggesting that American agents should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip.

Heh.... yeah, God said so. Excuse me while I chuckle some more... he he he. What is our dear prophet up to now? Brace yourselves.... God said that there is going to be a nuclear terrorist attack in late 2007 in the United States! EVERYBODY PANIC!!! Get out of my way! The plastic sheeting and duct tape is mine!

From the Associated Press:

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (AP) -- Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday that God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a "mass killing" late in 2007.

"I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."

Robertson said God told him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer retreat.

God also said, he claims, that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli-controlled land to the Palestinians.

The broadcaster predicted in January 2004 that President Bush would easily win re-election.

Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In 2005, Robertson predicted that Bush would have victory after victory in his second term. He said Social Security reform proposals would be approved and Bush would nominate conservative judges to federal courts.

Lawmakers confirmed Bush's 2005 nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. But the president's Social Security initiative was stalled.

"I have a relatively good track record," he said. "Sometimes I miss."

In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America's coastline in 2006.

Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring's heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction.

Of course, we are not the only ones to pick up on this. The Sacred Sandwich has announced that the American Meteorological Society has named Pat Robertson the Meteorologist of the Year. Heh. And who said weathermen can't be funny? David Letterman was originally a weatherman after all.

From the Sacred Sandwich:

ROBERTSON NAMED "METEOROLOGIST OF THE YEAR"
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DECEMBER 2006 --- Despite his failed prophecy from May 2006 that "vicious hurricanes" and a possible tsunami would lash the American coastline this year, Pat Robertson has been named "Meteorologist of the Year" by the American Meteorologist Society. "He may be a false prophet, but he's one heck of a weatherman" said AMS spokesman Ned Wainwright in his praise of the famous 700 Club host. "We believe that Pat exemplifies the quintessential meteorologist when he proves that we don't know squat about weather forecasting. Sure, his hurricane prediction was a colossal blunder, but when was the last time Willard Scott got anything right?"

Though most major weather forecasters expected a busy hurricane season this year, none of them claimed to receive their information from a divine source. Despite their dire predictions, however, the 2006 hurricane season (which ended in November) was one of the quietest in almost a decade. In fact, according to the National Hurricane Center, not a single hurricane or tsunami hit the U.S. shoreline during the entire season, an event which hasn't happened since 2001.

Upon hearing the news of his award, Robertson gave all the credit to God. "The Lord made me the meteorologist I am today; and if I heard Him correctly, He's got more disasters for me to warn about in 2007. I've got a biblical feeling that my prophetic gifts will bring in a record amount of contributions to The 700 Club in order to fend off these end-time weather catastrophes... But don't hold me to it."

When asked about a possible backlash by supporters because of false divination, Robertson replied, "What are they gonna do, stone me? I'm just giving weather reports, for pete's sake."

I think I just wet myself laughing.


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