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©2005 by Richard Nolle
last revised UT 21:02 JAN 22, 2005
If you were expecting some kind of sun sign nonsense, forget it. This is real astrology. See the section above. And if you need help deciphering the astrological glyphs in the graphics accompanying these forecasts, see Astroglyphs: Astrological Symbols Guide. Please note: all forecasts are expressed in terms of Universal Time (UT).

Looking at the extreme SuperMoon alignment on the 10th and the subsequent lunar declination factor on the 15th, I warned of "a risk window that runs from the 7th through the 16th" as a sign of "severe storms with high wind and heavy precipitation (raising the risk of floods, mudslides and blizzards), higher than normal tides, and moderate to severe seismic activity (Richer 5+ quakes as well as volcanic eruptions, either of which could raise dangerous tsunamis if they occur at sea)." Despite my transcription error describing the lunar declination factor on the 15th as a "north lunar declination maximum" when it was in fact the Moon's northward equatorial crossing (as correctly shown in my 2005 table), that forecast was right as rain. Lots of rain, in fact; some of the heaviest rainfall on record. The wet stuff swamped southern California - one of the particularly vulnerable zones listed in my forecast - triggering power outages, road closures, flash floods, and worst of all a killer mudslide in La Conchita that buried ten residents alive on Monday the 10th. At higher elevations, a raging blizzard with winds of up to 160 mph blanketed the northern Sierra Nevada mountains with up to eight feet of snow. The National Weather Service said downtown Los Angeles received 5.16 inches of rain since Friday (the 7th), and set a new record with Sunday's amount of 2.58 inches. Nearly a thousand homes in the Chino area had to be evacuated when it was discovered that the Prado Dam had ruptured. In all, more than two dozen people died in the California storms before the weather system moved eastward.

While California's travails captured a lot of media attention in the US (and abroad), the Golden State was hardly the only place to face historic storms during this extreme SuperMoon period. The plain truth of the matter is that there was so much severe weather going on during this period that it's a fair amount of work just to catalog some of it. Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia were drenched too, and the Ohio River flooded over its banks and into towns. The stormy weather had caused widespread power outages in parts of Ohio, and utilities said about 100,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity on Saturday the 8th. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated at the river went five feet over flood stage in some places - the highest since the flood of March 1997. Rivers in southern Indiana were rising to their highest levels in about 70 years. Nearly 150 people and a dozen pets were rescued from homes and cars marooned by flooding in that part of the state on Sunday.

Severe storms were by no means limited to the US during the SuperMoon period. While acknowledging that no place on Earth could be ruled out as a target, I had mentioned a number of special risk zones in addition to southern California during this storm, flood and seismic risk window. These included:

  • "through London and Paris" - just about the whole UK was in the grip of a killer storm that was called the worst weather in decades, with winds up to 85 mph on Friday the 7th. Rivers burst their banks, a ferry ran aground, trucks were blown over, tens of thousands of homes were without power, and thousands more had to be evacuated as the water crept over thresholds and up the stairs. "It's probably one of the most severe (storms) we've seen since the storm of 1987," said Meteorological Office spokesman Andy Bodenham.
  • "from Tokyo down through Adelaide" - following that line takes us to the Northern Mariana Islands, where a volcano on the uninhabited island of Anatahan began erupting on the 7th, sending an ash plume 15,000 feet into the air. Under an emergency declaration, Anatahan has been declared off limits to all but scientific expeditions until the end of January, and all international aircraft were warned to steer clear of the island.
  • "across Scandinavia . . . down through Copenhagen into eastern Europe" - Four people were killed in Denmark, including two motorists who died when trees crashed onto their cars, and two others who were killed when a roof blew off a building, police said. In southern Sweden, two motorists were also killed when trees fell on their cars. A third was killed by a passing car when he tried to remove a fallen tree from a road. A fourth man was killed on his farm when bales of hay came crashing down on him during the storm, media reported. Copenhagen's Kastrup airport closed down for several hours, as did the Malmoe Sturup airport in southern Sweden, as hurricane force winds of up to 94 miles an hour lashed the region. In Sweden, some 341,000 households were left without electricity. All train traffic in southern Sweden was suspended, and car and train traffic on the Oeresund bridge linking Copenhagen to southern Sweden was also stopped because of the storm. Sweden's Barsebaeck and Ringhals nuclear reactors were shut down due to the storm, and the Swedish meteorological service SMHI warned of flood risks for several rivers in the south and west due to rising water levels brought on by heavy rains.
  • "Central America" - Heavy rain falling over the weekend (January 8-9) set rivers overflowing their banks along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, forcing some 5,500 people to evacuate their homes. At least four people were missing in the floods, and a number of towns were cut off from the outside world.
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