PureInsight | July 15, 2002
It is a heavenly principle that large-scale violent behavior and evil acts will bring tribulations, which are the merciful warnings from Heaven. One might conclude that the recent sandstorms in Beijing are the direct result of the evil persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China. There have been three periods of great tumult in modern Chinese history. The first period was from 1955 to 1959, on the heels of the movements of “Against Three,” “Against Five” and “Against the Right Wing.” The second period was from 1965 to 1976, which was the Cultural Revolution. The third period is from 1999 to the present, when China has been carrying out the most inhuman persecution against Falun Dafa and millions of innocent Falun Dafa practitioners. During these three periods, Beijing has had the strongest sandstorms in history. In fact, 2000, 2001 and 2002 are the three years that have had the greatest number of days of sandstorms in the last 48 years, since sandstorm activity first began to be recorded in detail. In addition, one sandstorm in the beginning of this year was the strongest one in recorded history. This fact indicates that the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners is much more evil than any other movements in history, such as the Cultural Revolution, Against Three, or Against Five.
In order to show the distribution of sandstorms in modern Chinese history, I used sandstorm observation data from the Chinese Central Observatory. The graph shows the total number of sandstorm days each year in Beijing. This data is quite telling. It provides a snapshot of sandstorm activity for the past 48 years, starting in 1954. The consistency of the data shows the reliability of the changes in frequency and intensity described.
Without any complicated analysis, we can see that the years having the most days of sandstorms centered in three periods: 1955 to 1959, 1965 to 1975, and 1999 to the present. On average, Beijing had four strong days of sandstorms per year over the past 48 years. But within the five years from 1955 to 1959, there were on average eleven days of sandstorms per year. During the Cultural Revolution, there were seven days of sandstorms per year on average. In two years of the persecution of Falun Dafa, there were an average of twelve days of sandstorms per year. During these three terrible political movements, sandstorms occur two to three times more than average.
We will also single out the ten years that had the most sandstorm days in the last 48 years. There were at least eight days of sandstorms each year in these ten years. The first four years fall into the period of Against Three, Against Five and Against the Right Wing movements, which are 1955, 1956, 1958, and 1959. The next four years fall into the period of the Cultural Revolution, which are 1965, 1969, 1973, and 1974. The last two years are the persecution of Falun Dafa, which are 2000 and 2001. Without any exception, these ten years, which had the most days of sandstorms, all fall into the periods of large-scale political movements of a violent nature!
In the past three years, the sandstorms not only have occurred frequently, but have also been the largest in the past 48 years. The sandstorms in 2002 have been extremely strong. From March 19 to 20, a large sandstorm covered around 1.4 million square kilometers and affected 1.3 billion people. Based on the observation data from the Chinese Environmental Monitoring Center, that sandstorm brought approximately 56,000 tons of sand into Beijing. That’s more than 3 kg of sand per Beijing resident. Based on the weather department’s observations, during the sandstorm, visibility in Beijing was reduced to less than 200 meters. Visibility was even poorer in some areas such as Badaling, where the visibility was around 100 meters. During the worst part of the storm, the visibility was only 60 meters. The meteorological definition of a sandstorm is that a sandstorm occurs when visibility is reduced to less than 1 km due to flying sand. When the visibility is less than 60 meters, it is rated as a “severe sandstorm.” This is the only severe sandstorm that has occurred in Beijing in the past 48 years.
In order to explain the abnormal sandstorms over the past three years, scientists have come up with two reasons. One is the continuous drought and expansion of the desert areas in Northern China. The other is because of strong winds caused by cold air moving south. It seems that these two reasons are both direct causes of the strong sandstorms. But the distribution of the sandstorms shown in the graph tells us that these two reasons cannot explain why the strongest sandstorms occurred during the periods of the three political movements mentioned above. We can see that the periods of time that sandstorms occurred the least were the 1980s and 1990s, and they occurred the most during the 1950s and 1960s. The speed of expansion for the desert area is about 2,400 square kilometers each year. Compared to the 1950s and 1960s, the desert area increased by a lot the 1980s and 1990s. Usually, there is strong wind every week in March and April each year. The strongest wind during the severe sandstorm on March 20 was around Level 7, which is not especially strong. Therefore, the abnormal sandstorms over the past three years are really not natural phenomena.
The heavenly principles are clear to everyone. The sandstorms warn the world that the inhumane persecution of Falun Dafa and millions Falun Dafa practitioners is not only evil, but the most evil in the past 50 years. To date, we can still see the damages caused by Against Three, Against Five, and Against the Right Wing movements and the ten years of the Cultural Revolution. The atrocious persecution of Falun Dafa and millions of Falun Dafa practitioners is going on now and Falun Dafa practitioners are being tortured to death everyday. More than ten thousand practitioners are still in jail and their lives are in danger. We hope that people who have compassionate hearts will realize the merciful warnings from Heaven. Let’s end this evil persecution as soon as possible.