Pat Shingleton: "Fog Episodes and the Moon."
We're returning to "Fog Season" which is one of the most silent and beautifully mysterious meteorological phenomena. It causes hundreds of deaths and numerous injuries. For many years, fog has been the cause of disasters at sea. The Handy Weather Answer Book noted that the early days of sailing found vessels shipwrecked along fog shrouded shores. Two of the greatest marine tragedies were fog-related. The Titanic and the steamship Hans Hedtoft struck icebergs in foggy waters and sank. At 11 p.m., July 25, 1956, the Swedish-American liner Stockholm collided with the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria 45 miles south of Nantucket Light, on the coast of Massachusetts. Closer to home, at 5 a.m. on April 20, 1952, the tanker Esso Suez and Esso Greensboro collided in dense fog 200 miles south of Morgan City. The Greensboro burst into flames, as did the Suez. The Suez was able to pull away, incurring a 20-foot gash in her bow. From fog to the Moon. Our last Full Moon was October 27th, recognized by Native Americans as the "Full Hunter's Moon." November's Full Moon is scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving, November 25th. "Honeymoon" dates back to the 1500s when newlyweds enjoyed the fullness of the period, after their marriage. Once settled, it was presumed that the experience would "wane," similar to a waning moon. Four years ago Erika Svanstrom and her husband, Stefan, experienced an unusual honeymoon, including six natural disasters that began with a major snowstorm in Munich. In Cairns, Australia they experienced a cyclone with flooding in Brisbane. In New Zealand a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck. Their next stop was Tokyo and another earthquake and tsunami followed by a monsoon in Bali. The Svanstrom's have been in therapy ever since.