Saturday, May 25, 2013

GLOBAL AWAKENING: Time To End The European Vampiric War On Mother Nature - Protesters March Against GMO Giant Monsanto In 430 Cities In 52 Countries!

May 25, 2013 - EARTH - Organizers say two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across Canada, the U.S. and dozens of other countries on Saturday.

The March Against Monsanto, Anchorage, Alaska. (Image from / photo by Betty Nuggs)

"March Against Monsanto" protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Founder and organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply.

Several hundred people gathered in front of the White House for a peaceful protest against the US agrochemical giant Monsanto. (Reuters / Eliseo Fernandez)

People carry signs during a protest against agribusiness giant Monsanto in Los Angeles on May 25, 2013.
(AFP Photo / Robin Beck)

Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But some say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.

Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, said Saturday that it respects people's rights to express their opinion on the topic, but maintains that its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.

The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

The American Food and Drug Administration does not require the labeling, but organic food companies and some consumer groups have intensified their push for labels, arguing that the modified seeds are floating from field to field and contaminating traditional crops.

The groups have been bolstered by a growing network of consumers who are wary of processed and modified foods.

FDA sees no difference between GMO and non-GMO foods

The Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

The Biotechnology Industry Organization, a lobbying group that represents Monsanto, DuPont & Co. and other makers of genetically modified seeds, has said that it supports voluntary labeling for people who seek out such products.

But it says that mandatory labeling would only mislead or confuse consumers into thinking the products aren't safe, even though the FDA has said there's no difference between GMO and organic, non-GMO foods.

However, state legislatures in Vermont and Connecticut moved ahead this month with votes to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.

 WATCH:  'Monsanto is all-in-one horseman of GMO Apocalypse'.

And supermarket retailer Whole Foods Markets Inc. has said that all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018.

Whole Foods says there is growing demand for products that don't use GMOs, with sales of products with a "Non-GMO" verification label spiking between 15 per cent and 30 per cent. - CBC.

DELUGE & GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Mother Nature Strikes Back - In Eastern Chittenden County, Vermont, Large Sections Of The Road Are Missing, Homes Are Damaged And Many Farm Fields Are Under Water; More Rain And Snow In The Forecast! [STUNNING PICS + VIDEOS]

May 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - More rain, and even some snow, was in the forecast for Vermont Saturday morning.  A flood watch issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect for most of the state through Sunday afternoon.  "Widespread moderate to locally heavy rainfall will continue through tonight," the agency stated Saturday morning. "Storm total rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches can be expected. These amounts will likely push small streams back to bankfull by this afternoon, and several mainstem rivers into flood."  The weather service also expected heavy, wet snow to accumulate in the Green Mountains by Sunday morning, which “may cause a few isolated power outages and bring down some tree limbs in the highest mountain towns.”

Weed Road in Essex near the Jericho line lost more than 100 feet of asphalt, flood waters carving a deep culvert at least 10-feet deep at the center. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS

Flooded cars line a neighborhood on Meadow Lane in Underhill flats Friday morning after flash flooding standed people in their homes. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS

Crews work to remove stones, debris and what was left of a garage after flash flood waters erupted at the end of Cilley Hill Road in Underhill at Vermont 15. Waters pushed through the foundation of the home, flooding the basement and causing structural damage. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS

High water surges over the falls at Fairfax Dam along the Lamoille River Friday morning, May 24, 2013. Flooding hit a broad part of northwestern Vermont Thursday night and Friday. MATT SUTKOSKI/FREE PRESS

A dead fish lies on Route 15 in Underhill on Friday, May 24, 2013, after being swept away by a flash flood.

The agency warned campers and hikers to prepare for winter-like conditions in the mountains this weekend.  Snow had already started to fall on parts of Vermont early Saturday, following several days of heavy rain that washed out roads in Eastern Chittenden County.  On Thursday night, when the bloated Browns River crested and burst into the Freedom Farm’s horse barn in Jericho, neighbor Mike Csele came running.  “I carried bags of grain and everything else, and I’m not a farmer, so I know nothing about farming,” Csele recalled. “You know, they gave me a bridle. I said, ‘Well, I don’t know what to do with a horse; which end does this go on?’”  Csele and about a dozen other people from around the neighborhood herded the farm’s 32 horses, most of them boarded there by their owners, through torrential rain and knee-deep water to higher ground.  “They were actually lot more gentle than I thought,” he recalled Friday from his home on Cilley Hill Road, one of dozens of roads in eastern Chittenden County washed out by the overnight storm. The clothes he wore during the midnight rescue lay sopping in a pile outside the door. The National Weather Service said 4.06 inches of rain fell on Jericho from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday. The rainfall followed thunderstorms that already had saturated the ground Wednesday.

A bucket loader works to clear the remains of a washed-out Cilley Hill Road in Underhill on Friday, May 24, 2013.

Jason Cushing photographs washout out Williamson Road in Cambridge Friday morning, May 24, 2013. Cushing said he thought the box culvert that was there would never wash out.

Dale Elisa Trombley took this shot of swamped cars in Essex after flood waters ran through the area Thursday.

Residents on Cilley Hill Road in Jericho looks over what is left on the road Friday morning after a flash flood Thursday night tore away the road around a large culvert. The bridge appeared to be unharmed. Another washout at the other end of Cilley Hill in Underhill stranded residents Friday.

Flooded and washed-out roads stranded residents in places throughout northwestern Vermont. Culverts vanished, opening up gaping chasms in the asphalt. Schools closed. And the rain continued to fall, transforming from pounding thunderstorms to a steady, cold drizzle.  Late Friday afternoon, the state formally asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send a preliminary damage assessment team to determine if parts of Vermont might qualify for federal disaster aid. If approved, a FEMA team could be here next week.  The Freedom Farm in Jericho had flooded once before, in spring 2011 — when high water affected much of northwestern Vermont and pushed Lake Champlain to record high levels — but not like it did Thursday night, said Jolene Fontaine, who owns the farm with her parents.  “We’re in a hundred-year flood plain,” she said. “And we’ve now flooded twice in the last three years.”

The worst of it

Over a washed-out bridge, at the opposite end of Cilley Hill Road in Underhill, Andrew Fletcher surveyed the damage. His garage lay strewn across the front lawn. His two-story house remained standing Friday morning, but with several feet of water in the basement.  “We’re just at this point trying to take out whatever’s salvageable,” Fletcher said.  Fletcher and his wife, who are expecting their first child in November, moved into the house 2½ years ago. They left Thursday night when the brook running between them and Cilley Hill washed away the road.  “As soon as we saw it starting to cut away at the road, we knew it was time to get out of here,” he said. “The river was coming down pretty good. It breached the road, and I heard the god-awful sound of the rubble being flushed down the river.”  Fletcher returned home Friday morning to find an excavator chomping through the rubble. Gov. Peter Shumlin paid a visit later in the morning, and he told reporters the storm had wrought more damage on Fletcher’s house than on any other residence he knew of in the state. “It’s devastating,” Shumlin said. The governor said state officials were assessing the damage statewide to determine whether it met the $1 million threshold for federal disaster funding.

WATCH: A rough night and rougher day for Jericho and Underhill.

Like Fontaine’s farm, Fletcher’s house flooded during spring 2011, but that amounted to a bit of water that had seeped into the basement. (Tropical Storm Irene, which wrought devastation across much of Vermont in August 2011, packed less of a punch in most of Chittenden County.)  Unlike Fontaine, Fletcher did not have flood insurance when Thursday night’s storm struck. He said he and his wife decided against buying it after learning their property had been removed from the federal flood map.  Brian Searles, who heads the Vermont Agency of Transportation, also visited Fletcher’s house Friday morning and said Vermont’s infrastructure had been designed to withstand a certain amount of flooding. Since Irene, the agency has been evaluating whether the system needs upgrades.  Fletcher said he had pitched one such upgrade — widening the culvert under the road beside his house — to the state after spring 2011 flooding.  Searles said doing that work would have required moving a stretch of Cilley Hill Road, which would have required right-of-way access from a neighboring landowner.

Fletcher’s house sits at the corner of Cilley Hill Road and Vermont 15. The Vermont State Police shut down the state highway in front of his house, from Allen Martin Drive in Essex to Vermont 104 in Cambridge, on Friday morning. Police also shut down dozens of local roads in Chittenden and Lamoille counties, diverting morning commuters around flood water.  “Basically, you can’t get out of Essex to the east at this point,” Essex Police Lt. Ken Beaulieu said Friday morning.  Roads remained closed through the afternoon, and police and emergency officials preached caution and patience.  “We really want people to respect the traffic control points, take detours,” said Mark Bosma, spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management.  Vermont 15 had reopened as of 5:45 p.m. Friday. A stretch of Vermont 128 in Westford remained closed later into the evening, but eventually reopened, police said.

High flood waters have damaged and closed Route 128 in Essex cutting off traffic to Westford on Friday morning.

People survey the remains of Cilley Hill Road in Underhill on Friday, May 24, 2013. Residents of the road are cut off by washouts on both the Underhill and Jericho ends of the road. GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

Thursday night's heavy rains left Vermont 15 in Essex near the Jericho lay in ruins by Friday morning. The Browns River claimed several area roads in Jericho and Underhill as well. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS

Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and Transportation Secretary Brian Searles hold a news conference outside of a destroyed home at the corner of Vermont 15 and Cilley Hill Road in Underhill on Friday. Flash floods struck the area Thursday evening wiping out this residence's garage and foundation. EMILY McMANAMY/FREE PRESS

A home at the corner of Vermont 15 and Cilley Hill Road in Underhill was flooded and may be a total loss after Thursday's storms. Flash floods struck the area wiping out the residence's garage and foundation.

Schools closed
Administrators closed all nine schools in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union’s five towns Friday. Flooding and road closures afflicted Underhill and Jericho, but schools in other towns — Bolton, Huntington and Richmond — were also affected, because some teachers and bus drivers who live in Underhill and Jericho were unable to get to work or pick up students, Superintendent John Alberghini said.Alberghini added that because Richmond recently flooded, the district did not want to take any chances. With the possibility of flash floods, he said, the prudent course was to keep school buses off the roads.

Severe storm floods, damages Chittenden County.

Weather warnings
Just as the train of thunderstorms that swept across northern Vermont passed, another more winter-like storm bore down on the region Friday. Meteorologists expected the storm to dump another 1-3 inches of rain on parts of the state through the weekend.  “I heard something about some more rain, and some snow,” said Bosma, the emergency management spokesman.  In Milton, police warned that the Lamoille River might flood. Police quoted Green Mountain Power as saying the river could crest by about 10 p.m. Friday if rain continues.  In addition, Green Mountain Power said it was monitoring 32 hydro stations and dams across the state for high water conditions.  “We are very focused on the four dams on the Lamoille River system,” Dorothy Schnure, spokeswoman, wrote in a prepared statement, “as water flows there are the highest so far. Water levels as of Friday noon are above typical high spring levels.”According to the National Weather Service, the Barton River near Coventry rose to 8.89 feet as of noon, higher than a “minor flood” stage of 8 feet. Rivers near flood stage included the Lamoille at Jeffersonville and the Missisquoi at North Troy. - Burlington Free Press.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: The Northern California Quake Is A Curiosity For Seismologists - 5.7 Temblor Didn't Do Much Damage, But Was Felt "Along An UNUSUAL Distance"?!

May 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A magnitude 5.7 temblor Thursday night was the largest earthquake to shake California since 2008 and has generated curiosity from seismologists.

The temblor occurred in a rugged section of Northern California that has not been studied as thoroughly as Southern California and the Bay Area and has less monitoring equipment. Experts said they were surprised the quake was felt over such a large area, and they plan to go to the region to investigate.

USGS earthquake location.

The magnitude 5.7 quake struck around 8:47 p.m., about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento; its epicenter was about 27 miles southwest of the town of Susanville.

The last quake of similar magnitude, recorded at 5.5, struck Chino Hills in San Bernardino County in July 2008, said David Schwartz, an earthquake geologist for the Northern California USGS division in Menlo Park. It caused little damage, but it was the most sizable quake to hit a metropolitan part of California since the much larger and destructive 1994 Northridge quake.

Thursday's quake did occur in a zone with known active faults, said David Schwartz, an earthquake geologist for the Northern California USGS division, including a series of faults that extend through the northern end of Lake Tahoe all the way to Oregon. But 5.7 is the strongest magnitude recorded in the area. This mountainous eastern Sierra Nevada region, known for its lakes, rivers and national forests, has had about seven magnitude 4 earthquakes since the 1930s, Schwartz said.

Scientists are still studying the intensity of Thursday's shaking and have moved seismographs there from more populated areas to monitor aftershocks.

Within minutes of the first quake, more than 7,000 people reported feeling it, from across state borders into Oregon and Nevada and as far south as the San Francisco area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website. Officials in Susanville and Sacramento said the quake set off a number of home and car alarms and rattled windows. A Chico resident told The Times he felt a slow roll that lasted about 30 seconds.

The quake itself was not a huge surprise for Schwartz's USGS division, but "what was interesting was it was felt along an unusual distance," he said. "Earthquakes in different parts of the state are felt over different distances. We just haven't had that many examples of earthquakes in this part of the state, really, for comparison."

"There are more interesting questions now than we have answers for, at present," he said.

More than four dozen aftershocks, ranging up to a magnitude 4.9 in an area of about 20 square miles, have been recorded since the first quake, according to the USGS.

Schwartz said these aftershocks look to be "fairly standard." Within the next week, there is a 20% chance that an earthquake larger than magnitude 5 will strike the area and a 5% to 10% chance a quake of a magnitude greater than 5.7, according to a USGS probability report released Friday morning.

There have been no reports of injures in the areas closest to the epicenter, Plumas County Sheriff's officials said. About 600 residents lost power for a brief period, and a water tank was ruptured due to the earthquake, affecting up to 1,500 customers.

At least three homes in the area had moderate damage — collapsed chimneys and plaster cracking, authorities said. No structural damage has been reported.

"A 5.7 is still a moderate-size earthquake, and earthquakes of that magnitude can occur really anywhere throughout the state," Schwartz said. "But it's large enough to generate interest and provide us some real info on how things work. We plan to keep looking at the sequence." - LA Times.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Coming Water And Food Crisis - The Colorado River, The High Plains Aquifer And The Entire Western Half Of The U.S. Are Rapidly Drying Up!

May 25, 2013 - UNITED STATESWhat is life going to look like as our precious water resources become increasingly strained and the western half of the United States becomes bone dry?  Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the country in 1000 years, and now things appear to be reverting to their normal historical patterns.  But we have built teeming cities in the desert such as Phoenix and Las Vegas that support millions of people. 

Cities all over the Southwest continue to grow even as the Colorado River, Lake Mead and the High Plains Aquifer system run dry.  So what are we going to do when there isn't enough water to irrigate our crops or run through our water systems?  Already we are seeing some ominous signs that Dust Bowl conditions are starting to return to the region.  In the past couple of years we have seen giant dust storms known as "haboobs" roll through Phoenix, and 6 of the 10 worst years for wildfires ever recorded in the United States have all come since the year 2000.  In fact, according to the Los Angeles Times, "the average number of fires larger than 1,000 acres in a year has nearly quadrupled in Arizona and Idaho and has doubled in every other Western state" since the 1970s.  But scientists are warning that they expect the western United States to become much drier than it is now.  What will the western half of the country look like once that happens?
A recent National Geographic article contained the following chilling statement...
The wet 20th century, the wettest of the past millennium, the century when Americans built an incredible civilization in the desert, is over.
Much of the western half of the country has historically been a desolate wasteland.  We were very blessed to enjoy very wet conditions for most of the last century, but now that era appears to be over.

To compensate, we are putting a tremendous burden on our fresh water resources.  In particular, the Colorado River is becoming increasingly strained.  Without the Colorado River, many of our largest cities simply would not be able to function.  The following is from a recent Stratfor article...
The Colorado River provides water for irrigation of roughly 15 percent of the crops in the United States, including vegetables, fruits, cotton, alfalfa and hay. It also provides municipal water supplies for large cities, such as Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas, accounting for more than half of the water supply in many of these areas.
In particular, water levels in Lake Mead (which supplies most of the water for Las Vegas) have fallen dramatically over the past decade or so. 

The following is an excerpt from an article posted on
And boaters still roar across Nevada and Arizona’s Lake Mead, 110 miles long and formed by the Hoover Dam. But at the lake’s edge they can see lines in the rock walls, distinct as bathtub rings, showing the water level far lower than it once was—some 130 feet lower, as it happens, since 2000. Water resource officials say some of the reservoirs fed by the river will never be full again.
Today, Lake Mead supplies approximately 85 percent of the water that Las Vegas uses, and since 1998 the water level in Lake Mead has dropped by about 5.6 trillion gallons.

So what happens if Lake Mead continues to dry up?

Well, the truth is that it would be a major disaster...
Way before people run out of drinking water, something else happens: When Lake Mead falls below 1,050 feet, the Hoover Dam's turbines shut down – less than four years from now, if the current trend holds – and in Vegas the lights start going out.

Ominously, these water woes are not confined to Las Vegas. Under contracts signed by President Obama in December 2011, Nevada gets only 23.37% of the electricity generated by the Hoover Dam. The other top recipients: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (28.53%); state of Arizona (18.95%); city of Los Angeles (15.42%); and Southern California Edison (5.54%).

You can always build more power plants, but you can't build more rivers, and the mighty Colorado carries the lifeblood of the Southwest. It services the water needs of an area the size of France, in which live 40 million people. In its natural state, the river poured 15.7 million acre-feet of water into the Gulf of California each year. Today, twelve years of drought have reduced the flow to about 12 million acre-feet, and human demand siphons off every bit of it; at its mouth, the riverbed is nothing but dust.

Nor is the decline in the water supply important only to the citizens of Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. It's critical to the whole country. The Colorado is the sole source of water for southeastern California's Imperial Valley, which has been made into one of the most productive agricultural areas in the US despite receiving an average of three inches of rain per year.
You hardly ever hear about this on the news, but the reality is that this is a slow-motion train wreck happening right in front of our eyes.

Today, the once mighty Colorado River runs dry about 50 miles north of the sea.  The following is an excerpt from an excellent article by Jonathan Waterman about what he found when he went to investigate this...

Fifty miles from the sea, 1.5 miles south of the Mexican border, I saw a river evaporate into a scum of phosphates and discarded water bottles. This dirty water sent me home with feet so badly infected that I couldn’t walk for a week. And a delta once renowned for its wildlife and wetlands is now all but part of the surrounding and parched Sonoran Desert. According to Mexican scientists whom I met with, the river has not flowed to the sea since 1998. If the Endangered Species Act had any teeth in Mexico, we might have a chance to save the giant sea bass (totoaba), clams, the Sea of Cortez shrimp fishery that depends upon freshwater returns, and dozens of bird species.

So let this stand as an open invitation to the former Secretary of the Interior and all water buffalos who insist upon telling us that there is no scarcity of water here or in the Mexican Delta. Leave the sprinklered green lawns outside the Aspen conferences, come with me, and I’ll show you a Colorado River running dry from its headwaters to the sea. It is polluted and compromised by industry and agriculture. It is overallocated, drought stricken, and soon to suffer greatly from population growth. If other leaders in our administration continue the whitewash, the scarcity of knowledge and lack of conservation measures will cripple a western civilization built upon water.
Further east, the major problem is the drying up of our underground water resources.

In the state of Kansas today, many farmers that used to be able to pump plenty of water to irrigate their crops are discovering that the water underneath their land is now gone.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times...
Vast stretches of Texas farmland lying over the aquifer no longer support irrigation. In west-central Kansas, up to a fifth of the irrigated farmland along a 100-mile swath of the aquifer has already gone dry. In many other places, there no longer is enough water to supply farmers’ peak needs during Kansas’ scorching summers.

And when the groundwater runs out, it is gone for good. Refilling the aquifer would require hundreds, if not thousands, of years of rains.
So what is going to happen to "the breadbasket of the world" as this underground water continues to dry up?
Most Americans have never even heard of the Ogallala Aquifer, but it is one of our most important natural resources.  It is one of the largest sources of fresh water on the entire planet, and farmers use water from the Ogallala Aquifer to irrigate more than 15 million acres of crops each year.  It covers more than 100,000 square miles and it sits underneath the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Unfortunately, today it is being drained dry at a staggering rate.  The following are a few statistics about this from one of my previous articles...

The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.
2. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, "a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie" has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.
3. Decades ago, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of approximately 240 feet, but today the average depth is just 80 feet. In some areas of Texas, the water is gone completely.

So exactly what do we plan to do once the water is gone?

We won't be able to grow as many crops and we will not be able to support such large cities in the Southwest.

If we have a few more summers of severe drought that are anything like last summer, we are going to be staring a major emergency in the face very rapidly.

If you live in the western half of the country, you might want to start making plans for the future, because our politicians sure are not. - Market Daily News.

THE EURO-ZONE CRISIS: Precursors To The Total Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - Red Cross Chief Warns That Civil Unrest May Spread Across Europe As Swedish Riots Continues For A 5th Night!

May 25, 2013 - EUROPE - Rocketing unemployment and poverty in some areas of Europe could lead to rising civil unrest, unless governments take measures to address the humanitarian consequences of austerity measures, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.

Bekele Geleta’s caution comes as police battle with rioters in Stockholm, where high unemployment and social deprivation in migrant communities have been blamed for a week of violence.

As Europe continues to grapple with the financial crisis, the situation for many young people is dire. More than half of under-25s are out of work in Greece and Spain. In some areas of Greece, that figure has hit 75 per cent, while in Portugal youth unemployment soared from around 30 per cent two years ago to 43 per cent now.

“If the number does not start being affected and start coming down, the more uneasy people become,” Mr Geleta told The Independent. “I don't rule out social exclusion, tensions, uneasiness and unrest, because if people don't have anything to do, and if people don't see anything in the future, there is mental agitation, there is political agitation.”

Europe is experiencing its biggest depression since the end of the Second World War, with the number of people receiving food aid from the IFRC nearly doubling from 2.3 million in 2009 to 4.1 million today. Twelve per cent of Europe’s workforce is out of a job, while EU figures show that 120 million people – nearly a quarter of the bloc’s population – are at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Bekele Geleta's caution comes as police battle with rioters in Stockholm.

“The figures are not going down, said Mr Geleta. “So we are worried, and we would like to warn governments this could be a serious concern.”

Mr Geleta’s comments come amid debate over the true cost of the austerity programmes foisted upon struggling nations by the European Union and International Monetary Fund, in exchange for bailout cash. While proponents argue that the cuts are the only way to get economies back on track, many politicians, activists and economists believe austerity is causing unacceptable levels of hardship while failing to kick-start growth.

In Greece, deep cuts to healthcare and social budgets have led to a resurgence of diseases such as malaria, while the number of suicides increased 26 per cent between 2011 and 2012. Homelessness in Spain is soaring, while in Bulgaria six people have self-immolated to protest against economic hardship.

WATCH: Stockholm riots - Cars and schools targeted in fifth night of violence.

While Mr Geleta said it was “important not to be divided on the best considered action” for hauling countries out of economic turmoil, he said governments must be willing to deal with the consequences of their policies. “We know that austerity measures will have humanitarian consequences: how we handle this is the issue, that is what worries us.”

He said he would like to see more government investment, as well as funding for the most vulnerable in society.

Asked whether events such as the riots in Sweden could be repeated elsewhere, Mr Gelata said it was impossible to predict. “You can’t rule out anything,” he said. - Independent.

ICE AGE NOW: A Year Without Spring - Floods And Mudslides Forces Mass Evacuations From Homes In Norway As Wintry Spring Costs Western Europe!

May 25, 2013 - NORWAY - Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes after heavy rain caused flooding in southeastern Norway.

In Nesbyen, a mudslide reached properties, filling some basements with water.

A river overflowed its banks in Kvam, sending water through the centre of the village. Around 250 people had to be evacuated.

Roads and rail services have also been affected by the bad weather, including the busy E6 highway, which links Oslo to the Mjosa region and northern parts of the country.

WATCH: Flooding forces people from homes in Norway.

The weather in Western Europe this month could easily have been mistaken for mid-winter. Around the French mountain community of Little Saint Bernard, very close to the border with Italy. In the Alps, the snow ploughs have been out daily.

They can keep the road clear in the Serra de Estrela in the middle of Portugal, but the last time they had snow there this late in the year was eight years ago.

A tourist who found it bewildering said: “It is very strange, but I think the whole of Europe had a very long winter, but I didn’t expect snow in the Serra de Estrela in May.”

The northern Spanish city of Burgos felt temperatures drop to 3ºC on May 15.

In the French interior they’ve been averaging 4-5 degrees below normal, so people have kept the heating going. An extra tank of fuel for that cost an ordinary family household 445 euros – at 90 cents a litre.

This has meant a 5-10 percent rise in electricity consumption, compared to previous years – similarly for combustible pellets.

A local supplier said: “Just like for liquid fuel customers, we’ve had quite a few stocking up on a few extra sacks of pellets to finish the winter, and, unlike normal years, we’re still getting requests to install fire-places.”

It’s also a near record wet spring; only a few in the past four decades had more rain. In Erfurt, Germany, steady, wind-driven downpours caused damaging floods. On 18 May, almost 47 litres of rain fell per square metre.

In the north of Italy, in the Venice region, they were afraid the Bacchiglione River would burst its banks on May 17.

Rice farmers were washed out.

One said: “Early estimates are that we may lose 30 percent of the crop, maybe more, if this goes on. A lot of farmers couldn’t even get to their fields to plant seed.”

And try selling spring footwear when it is like February outside. Stores have been deserted, where their goods depend on seasonal conditions. Nice or not, if you can’t wear them, they won’t sell.

Cafe and bar terraces were like an aquarium.

Businesses and holiday planners alike are left wondering: will Western Europe get a proper summer after all this?

Well, to find out, euronews spoke to the Royal Belgian Institute of Meteorology. Jean-Marc Linden is a meteorologist.

euronews: “Have we ever had such a terrible spring? and why is this happening?”

Jean-Marc Linden: “Unfortunately we still have cold airstreams. The reason is that for the moment we have an anticyclone over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that is channelling depressions via Iceland, directly to Western Europe. And these are cold airstreams, often disturbed, often unstable, so we will keep getting below normal temperatures. Today for example we are seeing a temperature 10 degrees [Celsius] below the average for this season… and it is going to be like that until the end of the month.”

WATCH: Wintry spring costs Western Europe.

“The cold airstream is being pushed from the poles to the Benelux countries, France and parts of England. And a section of this cold stream has become detached. This is what is called a ‘cold drop.”

“You need to know that if is cold in Western Europe, it is very warm in places like Russia … Finland … where the temperatures could get as high as 25-30 degrees. [Celsius] It’s often like that in Europe, when there is a really long period of cold in one part, there are very warm temperatures on the opposite side of the continent. It is like a see saw, right now one part of Europe is warm, while we are on the not so good side.”

euronews: “Here is the million euro question… after a horrible spring, how is it going to be during the summer ?

Jean-Marc Linden: “This is the question every meteorologist dream of answering… There is no link between a cold spring and a warm summer, or the opposite. An atmospheric circulation.

Atmospheric circulation means you can experience many different weather conditions in a relatively short time.

So, you could get subtropical conditions developing quite fast, this would mean temperatures of around 25 – 30 degrees for France and the Benelux countries.

But to get this, we would need an anticyclone over the centre of Europe – Bulgaria, for example, and then we here would have rising hot air which would last three weeks. But it’s impossible to say what is going to happen.” - Euro News.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Global Volcano Report For May 25, 2013 - Updates On Stromboli, Etna, Bagana, Paluweh, Lassen, Popocatépetl, Santa María, Santiaguito, Pacaya, Reventador, Fuego, Nevado del Ruiz, Sangay, Tungurahua And Copahue!

May 25, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity continues at moderately elevated levels. Spectacular explosions especially from the NE crater can often be seen on the webcam as well.

Explosion from the NE vent of Stromboli on the INGV webcam.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): The earthquake swarm on the SE flank seems already to have come to an end. No eruptive activity is currently occurring at the summit craters. Strong wind and cloud cover prevented a field visit today.

Map of recent earthquakes under Etna.

A swarm of shallow (3-6 km depth) earthquakes including several felt ones (magnitudes 2.9-3.5) occurred yesterday and today under the SE flank near Zafferana town. So far, no other unusual signs of activity have been reported, but the swarm could indicate something in the making, and the monitoring agency INGV is certainly following these events closely.

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): An explosion produced an ash plume rising to 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude and drifting 20 nautical miles to the NW earlier today. (VAAC Darwin)

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): Ash plumes rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude have been observed yesterday and today. The lava dome obviously continues to be active and regularly produces explosions and/or rock avalanches that cause ash plumes.

MODIS hot spot data (past 7 days) for Paluweh volcano (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii).

Lassen (California): A shallow magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred Fri, 24 May at 04:58 UTC km WNW of Greenville, California, about 50 km SE of Lassen volcano. Hundreds of aftershocks, some of them felt, have occurred. It is unlikely that the earthquake has any relation with the volcano. The status of Lassen volcano remains therefore at green.

Location of recent earthquakesSE of Lassen volcano (USGS data).

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity has not changed much, but perhaps decreased a bit today. During the last 24 h, CENAPRED recorded 3 explosions of moderate intensity, yesterday at 15:40 h, this early morning at 06:46 h and at 10:00 h (local time). All of them were accompanied by a column of gas and ash of 1.5, 1 and 2 km height, respectively.

SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA).

Several episodes of tremor were registered as well: 3 h of harmonic tremor of low amplitude, 5 h 40 min of spasmodic tremor of low amplitude and 2 h 30 min of spasmodic tremor or medium amplitude. This seismic signal was accompanied by a constant emission of steam, gas and small amounts of ash, that reached between 500 to 900 m and travelled to the southwest, and by moderate to strong incandescence over the crater rim. Some incandescent fragments could be sporadically be observed falling on the highest parts of the north and northeast flanks... [read more]

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity remains low. A moderate explosion occurred last night at 17:55 h (local time) erupting an ash plume rising 600 m and drifting SW and causing light ash fall in Finca La Florida and Parcelamiento Monte Claro. Otherwise, the dome is degassing and a few weak avalanches occurred from the lava flow on the southern flank of the dome.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Strombolian activity from the Mackenney is gradually intensifying and continues to fill the crater. Explosions reach 75 m height above the vents and some of the ejecta fall outside the crater and produce audible booms. This activity and volcanic tremor is visible on the seismic recording as well.

This morning's seismic recording at Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH).

Fuego (Guatemala): Explosive activity has picked up a bit. INSIVUMEH reported strong degassing noises and 5 weak and 4 moderate explosions since yesterday, some of which produce plumes of about 1 km height and drifting 10 km to the W and NW. Light ash fall occurred in the areas of Panimache 1 and 2, Morelia, Santa Sofía, El porvenir and Yucales.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): The volcano remains restless and shows significant degassing activity. Elevated SO2 emission visible on the latest NOAA satellite data is probably the result of the recent magma intrusions. Seismic recordings show internal fluid movements, degassing tremor and occasional small quakes.

Seismic recording this morning at Nevado del Ruiz (OLL station, INGEOMINAS).

Sangay (Ecuador): A possible ash emission occurred yesterday at 17:15 GMT, VAAC Washington reported. A pilot observed an ash plume at 25,000 ft (7.5 km) altitude drifting west from the volcano, but no ash could be detected on satellite data.

Reventador (Ecuador): No significant changes have occurred recently. The volcano remains active at moderate levels and produces a steam plume 800-1000 m high and occasional small explosions.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Activity continues to be very low (steaming / degassing).

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): A steam and ash plume is rising about 1-1.5 km from the crater where it is emitted by 3 vents. Two of these emit only gas and steam. The third one erupts some ash as well, Chilean scientists found out during an helicopter overflight.

Steam-ash plume from Copahue on 24 May (SERNAGEOMIN webcam).

It seems that (for now) this activity is phreatic, i.e. involves no fresh magma, only overheated water from the hydrothermal system, that can fragment rock into ash during explosive decompression. Temperature measurements gave a value of only 200°C at the vents.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for May 25, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Seven Injured In Missouri As Trains Collide - Trigger Highway Bridge Collapse!

May 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Two freight trains collided and derailed early Saturday in southeast Missouri, then triggered the collapse of a highway overpass when several rail cars struck a support pillar.

Seven people were injured, including two personnel on the trains and five individuals in cars on the overpass on Highway M near Scott City, about 120 miles south of St. Louis, NBC affiliate KSDK reported. All the injured were treated for minor injuries and released.

The collision occurred before dawn at a rail intersection.

"One train T-boned the other one and caused it to derail, and the derailed train hit a pillar which caused the overpass to collapse," Scott County Sheriff's dispatcher Clay Slipis told Reuters.

The crash, which involved BNSF Railway Co and Union Pacific trains, also ignited a fire when diesel fuel leaked from one of the train engines, Slipis said.

The crash came just over a week after a commuter train derailed in Connecticut, striking another train and injuring more than 70 people during the evening rush hour.

On Friday, a truck crash caused the collapse of a bridge in Washington state, sending two cars plunging into the Skagit River. Three people were rescued.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash.

Union Pacific said its train had been primarily carrying auto parts from Illinois to Texas. The Union Pacific locomotive and about a dozen cars derailed in the crash.

BNSF said that its train had been hauling scrap metal from salvage facilities and was heading south along the Missouri River. - NBC News.

WATCH: MSNBC's Craig Melvin takes a look at some of the dramatic images from southeast Missouri, where two freight trains collided and derailed, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass after slamming into a support pillar.

DELUGE: Heavy Rain Turns Deadly In San Antonio, Texas - 1 Dead, 1 Missing In Near Record Flooding!

May 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The wet weather plaguing many parts of the U.S. this holiday weekend has turned fatal in sodden San Antonio.

A San Antonio metro bus sits in floodwaters after it was swept off the road during heavy rains.
Eric Gay / AP

One person is dead, another is missing and nearly a hundred more have been rescued as heavy rain has pummeled the Texas city, causing flash flooding.

The majority of rescues were people trapped in their vehicles in low-lying areas of the city, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove told NBC News.

For the second time in less than 24 hours, thunderstorms are drenching San Antonio and leading to life-threatening flooding.  A woman drowned when she was swept from the roof of her vehicle during a water rescue. A second person downed when their vehicle was swept into a drainage ditch by flood waters.
Image: AccuWeather.

This Memorial Day weekend is starting on an extremely wet note in San Antonio with drenching thunderstorms streaming northward across the city.  The thunderstorms are following a round of downpours on Friday afternoon that flooded and forced officials to close some of the city's roads on Friday afternoon.
Image: AccuWeather.

Bove confirmed one fatality thus far, a 29-year-old woman who was trapped in her vehicle and tried to escape the rising water by climbing onto the car's roof. She was washed away, and her body was found down the road against a fence.

A man who had been trapped in his vehicle is unaccounted for.

A man surveys floodwaters caused by heavy rains Saturday in San Antonio. 
Eric Gay / AP

Heavy rain continued on Saturday, closing many Texas roads and making evacuations of Tipps Park necessary during the afternoon hours. Image: AccuWeather.

Weather Channel Meteorologist Nick Wiltgen said San Antonio received 12.16 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. Central Time on Saturday.

That is just shy of the 24-hour record for the city of 13.35 inches in October 1998. - NBC News.

WATCH: Raw chopper video shows rescuers coming to the aid of a man stranded on the roof of a building after floodwaters submerged the structure in San Antonio, Texas.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds Of Dead Fish Mysteriously Found In Rocky Fork Lake In Ohio?!

May 25, 2013 - UNITED STATESWith buzzards circling overhead, the stench of dead and decaying white bass permeated a small boat dock on the eastern edge of Rocky Fork Lake Thursday morning.

At a cove just off McCoppin Mill Road, hundreds of dead fish dotted the shore line.

Nearby residents Jerry and Sally Hinton contacted The Highland County Press Thursday about the dying fish.

Hundreds of fish are floating dead in Rocky Fork. Photo: Rory Ryan, Highland County Press

“So far, it’s mostly white bass,” Sally Hinton.

However, a dead bluegill also was sighted floating amid several bass.

“We’ve lived here since 1997, and we’ve never seen anything like it,” Jerry Hinton said.

Paint Township Trustee Randy Mustard said he became aware of the situation Wednesday evening after receiving a call from Mrs. Hinton.

“That was the first I’ve heard about it,” Mustard said.

Mustard added that that particular cove, just below Wood Street, attracts a lot of debris due to the typical wind direction.

Inspections at other popular lake areas – including Blinko Cove and North Beach – also revealed a number of dead fish either floating near the shore or washed up from the lake.

Fishermen at Blinko Cove told The Highland County Press Thursday morning that they noticed a few dead bass last week, but many more in the past 24 hours.

“It could be a virus related to that particular species,” one angler suggested.

Another fisherman had four good-sized crappies in a basket that were still full of life. He said he planned to clean them and eat them, in spite of the dead white bass floating around him.

Kathy Garza-Behr of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources/Division of Wildlife District Five Office said that they were looking into the matter, and that fish kills are “not unusual” when there are extreme temperature or water level changes. As of late Thursday afternoon, ODNR officers were at the lake doing initial testing.

“They’ve checked multiple sites and got fish on each site, and they are actively engaged in trying to find a source,” Garza-Behr said. - Fayette Advocate.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Celestial Convergence - Planetary Alignment Of Venus, Jupiter Any Mercury Converges In A Grand Conjunction With The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse & Supermoon!

May 25, 2013 - SPACE - A trio of bright planets is shining together in the sunset sky, a must-see night sky sight for stargazers this Memorial Day weekend.

Mercury, Jupiter and Venus appear close together in the sky, May 24-26, 2013.
CREDIT: Sky & Telescope

Three planets — Jupiter, Venus and Mercury — can be now be seen in the western sky at dusk, weather permitting, in a rare and beautiful gathering that changes from night to night. Astronomers call a meeting of objects in the night sky a conjunction, but this planet parade is better described as a "Grand Conjunction."

The brightest of the three planets is dazzling Venus, of course. Jupiter and fainter Mercury will also be very close by. All the action is taking place low in the west-northwest sky about 45 minutes to an hour after sunset where, over a span of a week, the three planets will seem to perform slow acrobatics; some might go so far as to call it a celestial pas de trios (French for a ballet of three), low in the evening sky. All three planets will be readily visible to the naked eye, but binoculars will certainly enhance the view.

WATCH: Solar Eclipse & Evening Planets - May 2013 Skywatching Guide.

Planets on parade
From Friday to Tuesday (May 24 to May 29), Jupiter, Mercury and Venus will fit within a 5-degree circle — small enough to fit inside the bowl of the Big Dipper — an unusual configuration called a "trio."  The planets will appear closest together on May 26th, when they are separated by less than 2.5 degrees. For comparison, your closed fist held out at arm's length covers about 10 degrees of the night sky.

Here is a chance to see for oneself that nearby solar system objects generally seem to move faster than more distant ones. Tonight (May 24), after darkness falls, we'll have a planet configuration in Taurus the Bull consisting of Mercury (109.5 million miles), Venus (153.3 million miles), and Jupiter (563.4 million). The motions of Mercury and Venus can be detected with the naked eye from one night to the next, but Jupiter's travel against the background stars is not very noticeable in even a week. 

Also during the next few weeks we'll be treated to an exceptionally favorable elongation of Mercury for Northern Hemisphere observers. The planet's angular distance from the sun will reach a maximum of 24 degrees on June 12, about 4 degrees less than the greatest possible.

Mercury, Jupiter and Venus appear close together in the sky, May 30-31, 2013.
CREDIT: Sky & Telescope

Plan your planet conjunction watch
Here are some key local dates of events for skywatchers viewing at dusk in North America. You can see a video of the three planets' path here as they move across the night sky.

May 24:
Mercury appears 1.4 degrees above Venus; Jupiter sits 4 degrees to their upper left.

May 26:
This is the evening that the planet trio is tightest together — all three fit within a circle less than 2.5 degrees wide. They form a triangle with Mercury at the top, Jupiter at the lower left corner and Venus at the lower right. The Venus-Jupiter and Venus-Mercury gaps are both almost exactly 2 degrees. And Mercury is in conjunction with Jupiter, the pair separated by 2.4 degrees.

May 28:
The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter are closest together, separated by just one degree (equal to the apparent width of two full moons). In the days leading up to now, Jupiter closes in on Venus from the upper left. This evening, Jupiter appears below and to the left of Venus and in the evenings that follow, then heads on down toward the glow of sunset. Jupiter's brightness easily rivals Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, yet shines only one-sixth as bright as Venus. Even though Jupiter is on the far side of the sun and about as small as it ever appears, in a telescope it still shows the largest disk of any planet. Meanwhile, Mercury shines more than 3.5 degrees above Jupiter.

May 31:
The three planets are now separating and going their separate ways; Jupiter sinking lower while Venus and Mercury edge higher up. All three are now stretched out and equally spaced in a diagonal line from upper left to lower right, spanning 8 degrees. Mercury is the highest, Venus is in the middle and Jupiter is down at the lower right.

Just after sunset on Sunday May 26, the three brightest planets, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury, will form a perfect tiny triangle in the western sky.CREDIT: Starry Night Software

Planets compared
Consider some of the interesting contrasts between these three worlds:

is the smallest and closest planet to the sun; a rocky world with a surface very similar in appearance to that of the Moon, showing extensive basaltic-like plains and heavy cratering, indicating that it probably has been geologically inactive for billions of years.

Venus has often been referred to as our "sister" planet in terms of size, but is so shrouded in a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide that its brilliance in our sky is largely due to its high reflectivity (about 76 percent). Thanks to that thick cloud blanket Venus is also the hottest planet, with temperatures of up to 872 degrees F (467 degrees C).

is an entirely different kind of planet. It is the largest in our solar system and enveloped in a thick dense atmosphere composed chiefly of hydrogen and helium, and is icy cold (minus 234 degrees F or minus 145 degrees C). Ordinarily it appears second only to Venus in brightness, its remoteness being compensated by its great size. Its surface area is about 130 times that of Venus. It makes one wonder just how the ancient Romans decided to name Jupiter after the chief of the gods, although they knew nothing concerning the planet’s physical characteristics.

The evening planets – Mercury, Venus and Jupiter – as they appear on May 24. They set shortly after sunset whereas the full moon stays out all night long on May 24/25. For North America, Mercury and Venus are in conjunction on the evening of May 24.

After the planets depart

As we transition from May into June, Mercury will be fading steadily, experiencing an 11-fold decrease in brightness in less than a month. As a consequence, this so-called "elusive planet" will be far easier to spot during this upcoming week when it will be brighter as well as setting about 1.5 hours after the sun as seen from mid-northern latitudes.

Friday, May 31, may very well be the last evening Jupiter will be readily visible for most observers. In the days that follow, the combination of low altitude and the bright evening twilight will team up to effectively hide it from our view until it reappears in the morning sky early in July.

As for Venus, it will slowly become easier to see in the western evening sky, but the operative word is slowly." Not until early September will Venus set until after the end of twilight and it’s saving it best showing for late November and early December when it will be more than twice as bright as it is now and will be setting three hours after the sun. - SPACE.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse On May 25, 2013.
The moon took the smallest of dips through the Earth's shadow in a minor eclipse last night (May 24) and you can watch the lunar event live online via a webcast. The lackluster lunar eclipse will star in a free webcast by the Slooh Space Camera, which offers live views of the night sky via remotely operated telescopes. The eclipse webcast began at 11:37 p.m. EDT (0337 May 25 GMT).

This image from the Space Telescope Science Institute depicts the penumbral lunar eclipse expected to occur on May 24, 2013.

You can watch the lunar eclipse webcast on courtesy of the Slooh Space Camera. The event comes on the heels of a "ring of fire" solar eclipse on May 10 and another partial lunar eclipse on April 25.
Stargazing experts predict that tonight's eclipse won't be anywhere near as impressive as the other recent eclipses because only a tiny sliver of the May full moon will pass through the penumbra, the outermost part of Earth's shadow.

"It will thus be impossible to notice anything out of the ordinary concerning the moon's overall appearance,"'s skywatching columnist Joe Rao explained in a viewing guide today. "It will, in fact look like any other full moon."

Lunar eclipses can only occur when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, which occurs during the full moon phase. When the moon is perfectly aligned with the Earth, it is completely in the Earth's shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse that can yield amazing views of a blood-red moon. However, the moon's orbit is tilted, so it does not line up perfectly each month. When the moon only passes through part of the Earth's shadow, it causes a partial lunar eclipse. A dip through the outer edges of the shadow, like tonight's eclipse, is a penumbral lunar eclipse.

A map shows the area where the penumbral lunar eclipse of May 25, 2013, will be visible on Earth.

Tonight's penumbral lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the Americas and western Africa, according to NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It will begin at 11:53 p.m. EDT (0353 GMT) and end just before 12:27 a.m. EDT (0427 GMT). The time of greatest eclipse, when the moon will be at its deepest point into Earth's shadow, will be at 12:10 a.m. EDT (0410 GMT), according to Espenak.

The Slooh eclipse webcast will originate from two telescope feeds from the firm's observatory in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. The webcast will include a recorded audio commentary by astronomer Bob Berman of Astronomy magazine.

The moon will barely graze Earth's penumbra of May 25, 2013, as shown in this diagram.

You can follow the webcast directly from the Slooh Space Camera here:

The full moon of each month has a series of traditional names given by many different cultures. The full moon of May is most widely known as the Full Flower Moon, but has also been called the Milk Full Moon and the Corn Planting Full Moon. - Huffington Post.

Supermoon And Slight Penumbral Eclipse For Full Moon On May 24-25.
In 2013, the May full moon presents the third full moon after the March equinox. In North America we often call this particular full moon the Flower Moon, Rose Moon or Strawberry Moon. That star by tonight’s full moon is Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Plus the moon is one day away from lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for this month. By a newly coined popular definition, that makes this May 24-25 full moon a supermoon. And the moon will undergo an extremely minor penumbral lunar eclipse tonight. With a penumbral eclipse magnitude of 0.0158, just 0.5 arc-minutes of the moon’s southern limb will pass into Earth’s pale penumbral shadow. It’s such a shallow eclipse that it’ll be mainly of academic interest and very difficult to detect. For more about the May 2013 lunar eclipse, click here.

Jv Noriega in Manila, Philippines sent in this photo of tonight’s supermoon.

When exactly is the May 2013 full moon? The May 2013 full moon falls at the same instant all over the world: May 25 at 4:25 Universal Time.

Clock time and/or date for this full moon – and every full moon – will vary by time zone. For London, the moon turns will at 5:25 a.m. BST on the morning of May 25; that means the moon will appear more full on the night of May 24-25 than on the night of May 25-26. Likewise, for the U.S. East Coast, the moon turns full on May 25 at 12:25 a.m. EDT. Meanwhile, for all places to the west of the U.S. Eastern Daylight Time zone, the moon turns full not on May 25 … but on May 24 at 11:25 p.m. CDT, 10:25 p.m. MDT and 9:25 p.m. PDT.

Technically speaking, the moon turns full at the instant that the moon lies most opposite the sun for the month. For general reference, though, we can say the moon is full all night long. Because the May 24-25 moon stays more or less opposite the sun throughout the night, watch for the full moon to rise in the east around sunrise, climb highest up in the sky around midnight and to set in the west around sunrise.

As seen from most of the world – when the moon rises on the evening of May 25 – it’ll be a waning moon. - EarthSky.