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Weird, Windy and Deadly 04/12/2012

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Twin Cities weather report: The ground is bare, the drought continues. As mentioned in a previous post, we got a little bit of snow and a lot of wind along with the big temperature shift on Thanksgiving. But that touch of moisture has disappeared through a number of mild days and nights.

The seasonal snow deficit so far is 11.5 inches—about an inch of water. It’s not just here. As Paul Douglas notes: “According to NOAA 7 percent of the lower 48 states have snow on the ground. Last year at this time: 29 percent was snow covered. No, this doesn’t mean another wimpy winter is imminent, but I suspect another compressed, abbreviated winter for the USA.”

Global weirding continues its deadly ways.  Just over a month after Superstorm Sandy hit the New Jersey-New York area a devastating blow, Super Typhoon Bopha has hit the Philippines with 160-mph winds and severe flooding. And that after inundating the island nation Palau, east of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, with a storm surge of ten feet, causing near-total destruction in coastal areas.

Try to imagine anything staying put or staying intact in such wind or water. It is the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit Mindanao, plus it is the second most southerly typhoon of Category 5 strength. As Dr. Jeff Masters put it into perspective : “Bopha, a Cambodian word for flower or a girl, became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth’s rotation to get themselves spinning. Bopha became the second most southerly Category 5 typhoon on Monday at 7.4°N latitude. The record is held by Typhoon Louise of 1964, which was a Category 5 storm at 7.3°N.”

That this season—between the Libra and Capricorn solar ingresses, September 22 and December 21—would include some unusually violent winds was indicated by the Mercury-Uranus-Pluto combination in the Libra ingress chart. But the astromap doesn’t show what zones on earth are vulnerable for the entire season; one must look to each lunation chart—the New, Full and quarter moons throughout the season—for week-long indications as well as relevant Mercury ingress charts for wind indications.

The chart for the Full Moon of November 28—which was a lunar eclipse nearly at the zenith at Mindanao—shows that region’s vulnerability to wind-related destruction. The Full Moon/eclipse moment had 28 degrees Scorpio at the base of the chart, and when Mercury returned by retrograde motion to Scorpio on November 14 from its brief foray into the next sign of Sagittarius, the Moon was exactly at 28 degrees Scorpio. Bingo! And Mercury added the flooding element by having a tight connection to Neptune in the first degree of Pisces.

One other timing factor: when Bopha hit Mindanao, Mercury—moving forward again in the zodiac since two days before the lunar eclipse—had returned to the degree of the New Moon / solar eclipse on November 13.

FM-Nov_MercR-SC_Bopha

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