This astonishing unity of so many events at the same time appears to point to a single event cause and much as it may seem bewildering one web site had actually predicted this disruption at least several days in advance.
Mood Alert is a site devoted to predicting people’s moods according to the phase of the Moon and the position of the planets. They also base their judgement on the state of the Solar flux and take into account such things as Solar Flare activity and the strength of the Solar Wind that they believe is fundamental in affecting people’s moods and attitudes. They also believe that such influences have a determinative effect on the weather and also on the incidence and strength of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Now whether you believe this or not the Mood Alert page of last week carried a specific warning of unsettled or unusual events ahead. And the reason for this warning? Simply that the output of Solar Flare activity had fallen to very low - even barely perceptible levels. They noted that every time this happened, strange, bizarre, or extreme weather systems were almost sure to follow. Below are the relevant graphs that illustrates this point. The first graph below shows a relatively normal period of Solar Flare activity around the 4th of June. This shows a solid wave system with a strong output.