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Nary a Drop 01/07/2013

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Twin Cities ephemera: More than forty-eight hours have elapsed without rainfall. And here we face the prospect of a full week without precipitation. Amazing. And yet not surprising.

Partly that’s because the month is now July, when typically the incessant storminess of June gives way to the fullness of summer heat and sunshine, punctuated by localized thunderstorms.

And partly that’s because of the astronomical charts.

As mentioned in the previous post, we had a news-maker storm on Solstice Day, with hundreds of trees felled in the area and hundreds of thousands of people forced to live without electricity for hours or days. More rain fell through the 23rd, then a couple days with extremely muggy conditions.

A welcome change began on the 27th, with dryer air entering the region from Canada.

There’s not much to do in the garden right now, other than keep watch on the hops, elderberry bushes, currants and cherry tree. The hops are still growing like mad, some stems as much as a foot overnight; the elderberries have their umbels of tiny white flowers in bloom, and several times I’ve observed a couple of tiny insects (I’m told they’re called “sweat bees”) going about their pollinating business; the black currants I’ve covered with sacks made of thin tulle fabric (to keep the robins, especially, as well as other birds from nabbing the fruit while they’re red); and I’ll need to do the same for the cherry.

But I also wonder and worry about and research the likely effect of the insecticide spray of two weeks ago.

The dramatic and destructive “downfall” on Solstice Day was represented in the season chart by the precise “square” (ninety-degree angle) between the elevated Moon and the horizon. The change in air mass was marked by the passage of the Moon across the horizon (in cool air sign Aquarius), triggering the cooler air, at midnight of the 26th-27th.

The current week appears to be the one most representative of the season, with the drying influence of Mars in the season chart repeated by the position of Mars in the week’s precipitation potential chart. In both charts, Mars is about a degree-and-a-half from the lower meridian.

CN-ing_4Q-June-2013

Indications are rather different for much of the East Coast, though there’s a similar correspondence between the charts for the season and the week. The difference is that water sign Cancer is at the lower meridian, with that destructive Moon in Scorpio carrying the Cancerian impulse; since the solstice, Jupiter has entered Cancer and crossed the meridian and the Sun position, bringing an excess of water.

Here are the two charts, set for Philadelphia:

CN-ing_4Q-Jun-2013_PhPA

An apparent shift in the wind pattern, concurrent with the Mercury retrograde station (the beginning of the three-and-a-half week retrograde phase) in close alignment with windy Mercury and moist Venus in the season chart, has moved the rainy zone from the Mississippi Valley to the mid-Atlantic coast. Accordingly, flood watches are posted from the Georgia-South Carolina border to the upper Hudson and Mohawk valleys of upstate New York.

It’s their turn to be drenched for a while. It’s our turn to dry out.

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