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Angry Flood 05/09/2012

Posted by zoidion in Mundane, Weather.
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Twin Cities weather report: A strange pink moon rose last night, and within an hour was obscured by a blanket of cloud.  It was just a tease: only a light shower fell while I slept. (Having the moon in Taurus was no help.) Just before sundown, I rode my bike to the river, and I was amazed along the way by the amount of leaves on the ground. The trees are stressed. Annuals are wilting. Except for the hardy weeds, the vegetation is giving up on the year. Not weeds, the moonflowers that grow, seemingly with almost no water, out of the crack between my garage and the pavement, are putting out their last extravagant blooms and setting seed.

What comes to mind, relating to weather or atmosphere, when mention is made of China’s capital, Beijing? Probably dust or smog, though probably not from being aware that the vast city is situated on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Probably not any image of being wet.

But a whole lot of wet came, unexpectedly, on 21 July 2012. As much as 18 inches of rain, quickly overwhelming the drainage infrastructure. It was the worst rainstorm there in six decades. Large sections of residential areas were inundated, leaving at least 79 people dead and giving rise to a great tide of anger directed toward the local government for its inadequate preparedness, inept coordination of response, and efforts to suppress accurate information on the number of casualties and extent of damage. While the populace buried its dead and moved the mud from their homes, a secondary flood of rage swept over the city: many asked uncomfortable questions about the inadequacy of drainage after the huge efforts to put on a pretty face to the world during the 2008 Olympics. Eventually, even the official press joined in. Both the mayor and vice-mayor resigned.

The astro-weather charts illustrate that sometimes the indications are remarkably obvious. The Cancer ingress chart for the summer season showed two troublemakers prominent: Uranus near the upper meridian and Saturn an almost equal distance from the lower meridian (within the Saturn zone, which includes westernmost Japan and the Korean peninsula). Uranus for the unusual,  the unexpected, the record-breaker; Saturn for excessive humidity, a heavy atmosphere. Such were the seasonal potentialities.

When could they be unleashed?  The ingress chart shows the Sun and Moon in water-sign Cancer above the horizon, with a Cancer Ascendant. Very watery. The very next New Moon on 19 July brought the combined movements of Sun and Moon to the local ingress horizon, but with an added punch: the New Moon coincided with the Sun and Moon reaching their combined zenith. That doesn’t happen very often.

There’s more exactitude, reinforcing the heaviness of the seasonal chart: the moment of the New Moon was marked by Saturn exactly on the Ascendant. All this together was saying: here, now, a major precipitation event.

That it would be a highly destructive event with great considerable political impact is shown by Mars coming into alignment with both Uranus and Pluto: all three also aligning with the Sun (central authority) in the chart for Communist China (October 1, 1949).

The rain came pouring down only two days after the New Moon: a quick manifestation because of the lunation in a cardinal sign. According to a report two days after the deluge, the rainfall began in the afternoon, probably around the time that the Moon reached its daily zenith, simultaneously forming a precipitation-friendly 60-degree angle with Saturn.

China and the United States are both among the major political entities whose viability is being called into question by weather-related challenges to their infrastructure. The United States’ was highlighted by the incident of the derecho, when the Sun first came into alignment with this era’s defining configuration, the Uranus-Pluto square; China’s came just three weeks later, when Mars came into alignment with Uranus-Pluto.

Regardless of the kind and degree of civic readiness, it might be well to increase big-time the level of personal preparedness over the next nine months: In late July to mid-August 2013, Mars and Jupiter make similar alignments. Derecho and flood are merely two incidents in a rising crescendo of reminders that the astrologically marked centers cannot hold.

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1. margo mccreary - 06/09/2012

Any relation to the storm in Duluth…surprising and massive?

zoidion - 08/09/2012

Good question. Actually, the Beijing was quite a bit more “massive.” Duluth’s rainfall was as much as 10 inches over about 24 hours, but falling on soil that had been saturated by rains over the previous couple of weeks.
I studied several charts relating to the Duluth storm, and wasn’t sure at first that what I saw added up to conclusive indications of a major “downfall” for that area. No need to go into it all here—maybe I’ll post a piece about it at some point—but the main parallel with the Beijing storm is that Duluth’s began even sooner after the New Moon: about two hours after. But that alone certainly doesn’t indicate a major event. What I find interesting is that the New Moon moment at Duluth showed the upper meridian close to the place of Venus in the Aries Ingress chart of March 20: the chart for the whole season. When the storm began on June 19, Venus was on the meridian and in “hard aspect” (about 90 degrees) with Neptune; about this, George J. McCormack (A Text-Book of Long-Range Weather Forecasting) wrote: “Heaviest downpours occur under these configurations. Precipitation is torrential within a short period of time.”
But this brings up the question of whether the same configuration was occurring at the time of the Beijing torrential rain: it was not. To put both storms a bit more into perspective, the Beijing climate shows two-thirds of typical annual precipitation (22.5 inches) falling in the months of June and July, with on average 7.3 inches coming in July; so that one storm was almost triple the monthly average, and almost equal to an entire year’s average. On the other hand, Duluth’s precipitation (30.9 inches) is much more even throughout the year, with a June average of 4.2 inches.
The bottom line: it’s complicated.


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