SWITZERLAND - Swiss Army Airlifts Water to Cows

Arno Froese

For centuries, between late May and early October, dairy farmers have been bringing their cows up to graze in the high mountain pastures. But this summer, because of a severe drought in July and August, cows grazing in mountain pastures haven’t had enough to drink. So water has been delivered to them.

Water deliveries by helicopter and truck took place almost every day in Switzerland this August. Traditionally, farmers collect rainwater and snow-melt in cisterns for use in summer months. You see the centuries-old round stone cisterns near every chalet. But that system was no match for the scorching heat wave this year.

According to the Swiss weather service, July and August 2018 are the driest on record since 1921, while recent temperatures haven't been so consistently hot since the 1880s.

“In the 20th century, heat waves of this intensity would occur once in 10 or 15 years,” says Martin Beniston, a climatologist who recently retired from the University of Geneva. “And now we’ve had like four or five since the big 2003 heat wave. Things are changing rapidly, as if we are having a northward shift of the Mediterranean climate to north of the Alps.”

Eric Treboux, a forest ranger in the Swiss canton [or state] of Vaud, says repercussions of the water shortage go beyond cows.

“Switzerland is known as the water tower of Europe, because we have the Alps with all of the glaciers,” says Treboux. “Snow melt and runoff from the glaciers feed rivers like the Rhone, the Rhine, the Po and the Danube. Europe’s major rivers all have their source here in Switzerland.”

“If the glaciers would disappear entirely, it would have major implications for seasonality and the quantity of water flowing from the Alps and supplying low-lying areas in France, Germany, Holland and central and northern Italy,” he says.

-www.npr.org, 11 September 2018

Arno's commentary

Switzerland prides itself in being one of the richest and freest countries in the world. The CIA Factbook lists per capita GDP at $61,400. Life expectancy stands at 82.6 years. When it comes to import/export balance, like all the successful countries, they import $286 billion but export $336 billion. Thus, when it comes to success, Switzerland is at the top of the league.

However, this water-rich country is being affected, as this article clearly demonstrates, by the decrease of precipitation and the increase in temperature. This simply shows that all people on planet earth, no matter how successful, depend on the grace of God for supplying something very natural and so often taken for granted: rain—water from the heavens. For that, all people on planet earth should be thankful to the Father in heaven, the Creator of all things.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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