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A STORMY FULL MOON
As predicted, the full moon period from the end of April until May 3 was characterized by "a bigger than usual batch of strong storms, floods, and seismic action (including volcanic outbursts and Richter 5 or greater quakes)." On the seismic front, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) recorded a total of four Richter 5 or greater events during this period. (Most of the seismic action associated with this full moon occurred in the April 27-30 formative phase, with a total of nine qualifying quakes. This included the strongest of the batch, a 5.9 temblor in the Ryukyu Islands.)
While much of the storm action associated with this full moon phase actually took place in April, the worst of it didn't even start until the May 1-2 weekend. That's when a severe hailstorm struck Bangladesh: three people were killed, hundreds injured and thousands were left homeless. Two of the dead were killed by lightning, in keeping with my prediction that this particular full moon would be accompanied by "a special risk for electrical storms . . . particularly around the 2nd." But the worst waited until the last day of the full moon period, when a series of titanic tornadoes tore through Oklahoma and Kansas. Dozens of people were killed, hundreds were injured, and thousands of homes were destroyed in the murderous storms that struck on May 3. A dozen counties were declared federal disaster areas in the wake of the storms, which had winds in excess of 250 mph. Early assessments put total damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
A SPECTACULAR SUPERMOON
I predicted that the May 15 SuperMoon would usher in a period of "strong storms, flooding and moderate to severe seismic activity (including Richter 5 or greater quakes and volcanic eruptions) . . . from the 12th through the 18th." The USGS NEIC recorded 17 Richter 5 or greater tremors from the 12th through the 17th, including a monster 7.0 quake in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea on the 16th. Here in the States, California has been caught up in a swarm of quakes during this SuperMoon window. The first notable event in this series was the Richter 5.0 temblor that shook the Palm Spring area on the 14th, knocking objects off shelves but causing no significant damage. The strongest in this swarm was the magnitude 6.0 tremor that rocked California's sparsely populated central Sierra Nevada region on the 15th, near the town of Mammoth Lakes. Hundreds of aftershocks followed the Mammoth Lakes quake, including two that measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano rumbled back to life on the 16th, sending a 1-1/2 mile-high column of smoke and vapor into the sky above its summit. (No surprise there: I told you Mexico would be one of the focii for this.)
There's been so much on the weather front this SuperMoon, I hardly know where to start. Even tranquil Switzerland got into the act this time around, with floods and landslides caused by days of heavy rain causing road and rail closures as well as evacuations on the 14th. In the capital, Bern, homes and businesses along the Aare river were ordered evacuated. Insurance companies estimated the damage would be at least $33 million. In Germany - remember, I warned that western Europe would be one of the focal points for the SuperMoon effect this time around - one child drowned after falling into a rain-swollen river, and another child was in serious condition after a similar accident on the 13th. The Rhine River was more than 28 feet above normal between Bern and Mannheim - the highest level measured since 1859. Tornadoes made their mark during this period, that's for sure. It started when the SuperMoon did, on the 12th: the day a series of twisters tore up central Texas - one of the target states mentioned in my forecast - leaving six people injured (one critically). Southern China - another target zone I mentioned - got hit by killer tornadoes on the 15th, leaving more than a dozen people dead, scores injured, and more than 170 homes destroyed. Tornadoes swept through western Iowa the following day, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen. On the last day of this SuperMoon window, a severe storm system moved through central Michigan and Indiana, killing one person, critically injuring another, and knocking out power to over 200,000 people. Winds up to 115 mph flattened a house in Wyoming, MI and damaged scores of houses in the Midwest before the storm blew itself out.
MAY INTO JUNE TURBULENT AS PREDICTED
The full moon at the end of May delivered as advertised: "a bigger than usual batch of strong storms, floods, and seismic action (including volcanic outbursts and Richter 5 or greater quakes)." In particular, the "high winds and powerful thunderstorms" came through right on schedule - "from three days before to three days after the full moon; i.e. from May 27 to June 2." For example, there was the hailstorm that broke out on an outdoor rock concert in Belarus on the 30th. In the stampede for the exits, 54 people were trampled to death. That same storm system, packing "hurricane-force winds," went on a rampage across parts of central Russia over the weekend of the 29th-30th. Hundreds of towns had their power knocked out, and several people lost their lives to lightning and falling trees. Three people were killed when a freak hailstorm pounded Paris on the 30th. Here in the States, more than a half-dozen tornadoes tore across Colorado on the evening of the 31st, pounding the Rocky Mountain State with egg-sized hail. Parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas were pounded as well.
While the "high winds and powerful thunderstorms" I described as "a specialty of this alignment" were far more newsworthy during this period than the seismic activity, the USGS NEIC did record eight Richter 5 or greater quakes between May 27 and June 2. So this particular full moon wasn't a total dud on the seismic front, although not as significant in that department as the SuperMoon earlier this month. The Philippines were the focus of the "volcanic outburst" this time around. The Mayon Volcano rumbled to life over the weekend of the 29th-30th, prompting disaster officials to order an evacuation of the region.
On something other than a geophysical note, I mentioned that the Mars-Jupiter station at the full moon as May drew to a close would coincide with 'neutralizing' "key people who are at the root of an intractable situation," and mentioned Slobodan Milosevic as someone whose natal chart was a focus for this configuration. Sure enough, the International War Crimes Tribunal indicted Milosevic as a war criminal on the 27th. Don't hold your breath waiting for his arrest. Milosevic may yet face trial, but first you'd think somebody would arrest Karadzic and Mladic - a couple other Serbian leaders who were also indicted on war crimes years ago. Well, I guess it's a start.