by Cherlyn Gardner Strong
Two notable UFO waves began on November 29th, 35 years apart. One of the waves is considered to be one of the most well-documented and intriguing flaps in history. The other is notable for the man who claimed to have witnessed the UFO activity, while conducting bizarre weather experiments meant to bring rain to a community in the midst of a drought.
The Belgium UFO Wave of 1989 to 1990
As written about in Leslie Kean’s book, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record, Kean wrote: “the UFO wave in Belgium was handled rationally, openly and responsibly by the government.”
The wave included a series of sightings of triangular UFOs in Belgium, which lasted from November 29, 1989 to April of the following year.
There is no one better to tell the story of the Belgium UFO wave, than the late, great Robert Stack. I remember watching this episode of Unsolved Mysteries nearly 20 years ago. The YouTube clips that follow (a two-part post), do include some commercials of the day.
View Part 2 on YouTube
Further reading: Wikipedia, Bellgian UFO Wave
Wilhelm Reich sees UFOs in Tucson
In 1954, the world was fascinated with UFOs, and so was William Reich. In fact, much of what was wrong with the world, according to Wilhelm Reich, was due to repressed sexuality and UFO invaders.
Reich was an Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who trained under Sigmund Freud in Vienna. He was known for forging ahead with work for which the world wasn’t quite ready. He was labeled as a “quack” by the FDA and deemed mentally ill.
Reich relocated his family to Tucson in 1954 to conduct weather experiments. On his way to Tucson, he drove through Roswell, NM, feeding his fascination with UFOs. Though Reich called the otherworldly life forms EAs (”E” for Energy and “A” for Alpha). EAs impacted the weather, according to Reich. With the aid of a “cloudbuster”, Reich was determined to bring rain to Tucson.
On November 29th, Reich observed a cigar-shaped craft through a telescope aimed at the eastern sky. He clearly observed windows in the object and continued to observe it through December 17th. While at first theorizing that UFOs were “benign observers”, his views shifted to believe that they were impacting the weather, (intentionally or unintentionally) contributing to pollution.
During Wilhelm Reich’s stay in Tucson, he deduced that a mountain range prevented rain from reaching Tucson. So for the next several months, Reich would travel further west with his cloudbuster until it rained in March 1955. Reich packed up and returned to Maine. In August of that very year, Tucson experienced the wettest month on record. No one can really say that Reich was responsible for clearing the way for the record rainfall. It rained in August 1955 like it hasn’t rained since, as documented on the National Weather Service website.