The Weather Cycle

“All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again.”   – Ecclesiastes 1: 7

water-cycle-meteorology1.  It has only been in relative recent times that mankind has understood how weather patterns work

  • The science of weather is a lot younger than some peer fields in the earth sciences

2.  Central to meteorology is the Weather Cycle (a.k.a. the Water Cycle or the Hydrologic Cycle)

  • The cycle is based on the premise that the oceans and seas are ultimately the source for the precipitation we see in the world (whether it is in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet)
  • In short, water evaporates out of the ocean (as well as the seas and lakes) and eventually returns to them in the form of condensation or precipitation (i.e., through rainfall, hail, sleet, and snow)

3.  Solomon writes the words to Ecclesiastes roughly 950 BC or about 2700 years prior to scientists being able to prove the source of the world’s precipitation

  • Solomon’s statement must have seemed absurd to people of his day – that the rivers are flowing back into their ultimate source, namely the oceans and the seas
  • Yet, that is exactly the case…
“The Lord’s home reaches up to the heavens, while its foundation is on the earth. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is His name!”  – Amos 9: 6