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Wintril Update 20/04/2013

Posted by zoidion in Weather.

Twin Cities ephemera: Ten inches. An even ten inches. That’s how much snow fell in the latest storm, tapering off yesterday, at the nearest official weather station to my place. More fell immediately west and north of the Cities, and throughout the region it was very heavy, wet snow. Duluth got nearly eighteen inches, establishing a new local record for April.

It seems more precipitation—April showers?—are due tomorrow. So we have today to enjoy the sun, and if the sky remains clear til sundown, it would be the first such day since the 4th.

The intensity of bright light outside is hard to handle, with the sun as high in the sky and the day as long as in late August. At least a fair amount of melting will happen.

A small patch of dark relief is in the backyard: two of our raised beds. I covered them with a tarp before the storm arrived, and stripped it off yesterday. Actually, I had to shovel the snow off, it was so heavy.

I’m not going to bet we won’t get more snow yet this “spring.” But within the next few days, I’m going to take a chance with putting some of my kale “trees” into one of those raised beds. I’ve also got some sprouting potatoes that I’m keeping in the cool and dark in the basement—I’ll put some of them in the ground after the full moon—a better time to start root and tuber crops.

The way the sky cleared out late in the day, with a strong wind dislodging clods of snow from tree branches, a cold night was obvious. And so it was—twenty degrees at daybreak today. I was glad I replaced the tarp for the night.

(It was fascinating to note how quickly the birds showed up when I initially uncovered those beds. Small birds are desperate for bare ground where they can search for food. There have been reports that large flocks of robins and other species have congregated in parks where there are south-facing slopes; apparently they are unable to migrate farther north because of the persistent snow cover.)

It’s not just here where precipitation has been heavy. The indications for heavy downfall during the first-quarter lunation certainly came to pass. I anticipated that the heaviest precipitation would take place at a slightly more eastern location, and that the central Mississippi Valley would be wetter through the season than here in the northern section.

The map below, showing precipitation on the 18th, bears out the pattern.


The epicenter of precipitation from this storm appears to have been in the vicinity of Macomb, Illinois, near the convergence of that state with Iowa and Missouri. (Reports indicated that the Chicago area dealt with considerable urban flooding.) The latitude of Macomb, where six-to-eight-inches of rain fell, was where flood-and-freak-weather Neptune was quite close to the Ascendant of the season chart, so this was perhaps the season-punctuating event. (One ought to hope for no worse than this: The storm quickly pushed river levels in the storm area to or beyond flood stage.)

But what provided the astronomical trigger was this: the extraordinary potency of the Sun-Mars conjunction in combination with the lunation—at which the Moon was at the lower meridian—plus the solar eclipse point of November 2012 (in water sign Scorpio) upon the local lunation horizon.


Still, this event emphasizes another principle of interpretation—that there is a zone of solar/lunar/planetary influence that transcends sign boundaries. In this case, the Moon is in the twenty-ninth degree of watery Cancer—a combination that signals a downpour—while the lower meridian is in the second degree of hot, dry Leo.

– Pete(r) Doughty –



1. starjoy967@aol.com - 21/04/2013

I always enjoy reading your Astroplethorama posts. Perhaps at Tuesday’s meeting you could explain how this interest developed? On second thought, I hope bad weather doesn’t get in the way of our upcoming meeting. I’ve had to cancel my last 2 Cayce study group meetings due to the weather…….we meet every Thursday afternoon 12:30-2:30 pm. Peace, Marlys

zoidion - 22/04/2013

Thanks, Marlys.
I found weather phenomena absolutely fascinating by the time I was ten or so. I think what I marveled at the most, where I was raised, along the Hudson River, were heavy dumps of snow—great for sledding for a few days before most or all melted away. For a while I dreamed of becoming a weatherman.
Then, in my mid-twenties, I discovered astrology, but I didn’t know of any astro texts on weather. Though C. C. Zain’s Weather Predicting was in print at the time (I think).
Fast forward to about ten years ago. Already somewhat familiar with J. H. Kunstler’s books on the built environment in America, I got a copy of his Long Emergency when it first came out in 2005. I began waking up a lot more to resource issues, including fossil fuel depletion. I accepted the evidence that big systems of all sorts were becoming increasingly dysfunctional—-had essentially run through their cycles and were failing. (The astro phenomena of cycles helped me disengage from the civil religion of Progress: the notion of linear improvement without limits.)
So I got more interested and involved in food gardening, recycling organic matter via composting—one never hears about a compost pile exploding and destroying a town!—local food systems, local economies. So that brought me back to paying more attention to local weather, but I recognized that it was probably a good idea to cease depending on a weather reporting and forecasting system that’s dependent on a great deal of fancy technology and energy, as well as a functioning electrical grid.
Over many years I’d occasionally made note of unusual weather events, but hadn’t really made an astro study of them. When Dave Roell at astroamerica.com brought George McCormack’s Text-Book of Long-Range Weather Forecasting back into print in 2012, I jumped at it. I’ve only been doing this latest version of weather interest for about a year.

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