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September Weather 26/07/2013

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Twin Cities ephemera: One after another, the sudden short showers rolled out of the northwest this afternoon. There was little moisture to squeeze out of the atmosphere, but the relative chill—the high temperature barely reached seventy—had its effect.

The time of the year has arrived for fresh fruit from the yard. Last week I began harvesting black raspberries from the front for juice minus the seeds; with the ground moist from the spring’s copious rain, this is their best year since I began introducing them three years ago.

I was surprised last week when the doorbell rang, and it was a neighbor from several doors down who, with one of his daughters, was gathering signatures for a kids’ event to take place in the street next month. In the course of a brief conversation, he mentioned that he likes that I have the raspberries out front. It was a welcome contrast to the guy across the street who popped, cuckoo-bird-like, out of his house another day when I emerged from mine, yelled something at me about breeding mosquitoes, and popped back in. (Four years ago I dug a rain garden in front and explained that it briefly holds water after a heavy rain. I guess that information didn’t sink in.)

The cherry tree (variety Mesabi) that we planted in April last year yielded a medium-sized bowl’s worth of fruit, also made into juice. We’ve been sipping it from little orange-colored glasses when the day’s work is done. So good!

The black currants are ripening on the bush, still covered to keep the birds off. The fruits are quite a bit heftier on the one that I started from a cutting a year-and-a-half ago, and also much darker than on the other two.

Little green bulbs have taken the places of the tiny white flowers on the elderberry bushes, though one more umbel of flowers has popped out this week, seemingly as an afterthought. And the hops vines have completed their growing-out, and are starting to flower.

The small patch of Mandan Bride corn has plenty of tassels, but I’m not seeing any sign of the squash or beans among the stalks. Strange. I’m not counting on harvesting any corn, even though I’ve yet to hear of raccoons in the neighborhood.

After last week’s heat and humidity, this week’s turn toward cooler and dryer conditions is most welcome, yet strange. There had been some 90-degree-or-above days previously—on the 4th, 6th, 7th and 12th of July—but the three-day run of above-90 days and above-70 nights waited until Mars entered Cancer on the 13th, crossing the position of the Sun in the season chart. The 16th through the 18th were all officially above 90, and the morning low on the 18th was a miserable 80.

(We live, just as in olden times, without “air conditioning.” We keep the air moving with a fan, but that’s it. Such weather is definitely not fun, though the corn, tomatoes and eggplants love it, even need it. But it always sounds so bizarre to me when I hear people say they “have air.” So do we.)

A small area that included the Twin Cities received heavy rain—over eight inches in one spot, 1.73 inches in our backyard gauge—on the morning of the 13th. Many urban and rural areas reported significant flooding.

The prior New Moon in water sign Cancer on the 8th of July occurred when the last degree of Cancer was on the most-crucial lower meridian. The day before the deluge, Mercury—in apparent retrograde motion—crossed the position of the New Moon: Mercury is lord of Gemini, sign on the lower meridian of the season chart.


Not shown in the outer ring of the chart above, however, are the meridian and horizon for the time the deluge began: Neptune was crossing the upper meridian just as Jupiter was crossing the Ascendant (eastern horizon), while the Moon was near the lower meridian. That is a very wet combination.

This event also illustrates—besides the complexity of forecasting specific incidents—one of the principles stated in G.J. McCormack’s Text-Book of Long-Range Weather Forecasting: “When [the Moon] moves forward to perfect aspects to the degree on the Ascendant of the Moisture Chart [lunation, such as the New Moon] there is a tendency to bring out whatever moisture the chart holds.”

The Moon had just passed the sixty-degree point in relation to the New Moon position at the same time as it was closing in on the one-hundred-twenty-degree angle in relation to the Taurus Ascendant of the New Moon chart.

This was just two days after dewpoints (measures of atmospheric moisture relative to air temperature) “crashed”—as one area meteorologist described it—as the Moon crossed the western horizon of the season chart. Recall that the main seasonal indications—air signs Gemini and Aquarius on the lower meridian and eastern horizon—were for a relatively dry summer.

And now, following the Full Moon in Aquarius and the Moon’s passage across the season Ascendant in cool Aquarius, unseasonably cool air has poured out of the north.

Outdoors at midday today, I was glad for a long-sleeve shirt over one of my thicker t-shirts.

Turning to weather news elsewhere, there have been reports that the usual “Arizona monsoon” has yielded a “banner year for monsoon storms” this year, according to the Updraft blog. This correlates with the location of the Moon-on-upper-meridian line in the season’s astromap (the vertical blue line on the left):


The Moon in Scorpio in the season chart is a “wet” Moon that carries considerable destructive potential through the summer. (The Twin Cities witnessed that on the night of the solstice, when a twenty-minute hurricane took down many hundreds of trees along with power lines that left hundreds of thousands without electric power for days afterward.) In Arizona, before the monsoon arrived, an intense and unpredictable wildfire tragically claimed the lives of nineteen elite forest firefighters (an entire unit of “HotShots”) on the 30th of June. When last heard from at 4:30 p.m. at Yarnell, Arizona, the Ascendant was twenty-eight degrees of Scorpio (whose lord in the season chart is fast-acting Mars in variable and windy Gemini).

In the summer chart, the Moon is in the very same degree.

Those nineteen risked all, gave all, in a situation that most would rather not even imagine.

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1. David R. Roell - 27/07/2013

Hello Pete, Not only do you continue to surprise and delight me with your astroweather, but I am also impressed with your gardening skills. Did you know the finest doctors have always been astrologers who grew plants? What you can do with a skillful use of astrology, plants and timing will run rings around doctors and simply amaze you. If this is a direction that interests you, study Joseph Blagrave, Luke Broughton, H.L. Cornell and Brother Aloysius. (The first three of them I publish, I’m wrangling over the 4th, which can be had used.)

The combination of astro-doctoring, coupled with astro-weathering frankly boggles my mind. Many, if not all, of the great pandemics were weather-related.

2. zoidion - 27/07/2013

Dave, gardening is a fairly recent passion, as I realized it’s something I can do to be less dependent on the troubled food system. Yet I’ve “always” been fascinated with plant life. And I find the historical connection between plants and astro-lore deeply appealing.

I’ve acquired three of those four (not Blagrave yet) upon your recommendation.

I must admit I’ve barely touched on a study of pandemics. Thanks for the reminder.

Dave of Maryland - 27/07/2013

If you’re old enough, polio epidemics are a good place to start. I once met a survivor of one, crippled at age 2 in the 1930’s, in an outbreak that came with an outer planet transit of one sort or another. An outbreak would start up and sweep through a town, it was terrifying.

zoidion - 27/07/2013

Good idea. I once did some editing work for someone who’d been affected. I may still have the birthdate.

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