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Dry Again 21/08/2013

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Twin Cities ephemera: A warm, cloudy, muggy day follows last night’s bright Full Moon in a hazy sky that illuminated two pale moonflower blossoms. They provided another instance of an increasingly tenuous connection to what has been reliable. In previous years, at least half a dozen moonflower plants grew up through the cracks in the concrete behind the garage: in the area that I envision having a row of rosehip bushes (providing fruit rich in vitamin C) and a trellis attached to the garage). This year, none appeared there: a still-small one, the one that’s been blooming for the past two weeks, appeared near the stump of the silver maple, and an even smaller one is in the herb garden that I started this season.

There have been just a few sightings of monarch flutterbys, and their favorite food—the milkweed flowers—has closed up shop to make seed. Plenty of bumblebees have been coming around, thanks especially to the blue-star-flowered borage plants and now the goldenrod, but I’ve yet to spot a honeybee, even though there’s a hive located only two blocks away. In the front yard, under the misplaced Colorado spruce, the great colony of purple touch-me-not (Impatiens balsamina) that I started with a dozen seeds from a neighbor’s yard seven years ago is also coming into bloom—a bit early, it seems to me; those tender succulents have benefited from the deep layer of leaf mulch from the nearby river birch.

Wherever it’s unprotected by mulch or vegetation—which is almost nowhere in our yard—the ground is dry again, though not nearly to the degree of last year’s severe drought.

Late summer—by which I mean the month of August—is typically a dry period in this region: At least that’s what I recall. And yet, over the period 1981-2010, the Twin Cities area has averaged somewhat more than 4.5 inches of rain (see map here).  But my backyard rain gauge has registered only 0.77 inch of rain: much below average though in line with indications present in the relevant charts.

The current week (beginning with the Full Moon) has the earmarks of an especially dry one, along with an increase in heat and humidity: both Sun and Moon in the lunation are aligned with the horizon of the local chart for the season; the lower meridian is again in dry Gemini; and the lord of the lower meridian is Mercury, in dry fire sign Leo.

CA-ing_FM-Aug-2013

Frankly, I see little chance of significant rain over this area until after the Libra ingress on 22 September. The most noteworthy precipitation within this approximate band of longitude—with likely flooding to be reported—appears cosmically scheduled for the week of the First Quarter Moon that begins on 12 September, but again, more southern latitudes are the target zone.

The Ozark Plateau region—northwestern Arkansas and most of southern Missouri—has lately received a large dose of rainfall: as much as sixteen inches in the week following the Last Quarter Moon on 29 July. (See the story here.) With essentially the same lower meridian in the season chart as for this area, the summer’s flood-alert belt was indicated there by Neptune in water sign Pisces (on the horizon of the season chart). The trigger—the timing factor—was the 29 July Moon opposite Saturn in close configuration with Neptune.

Here? Well, here the need is to conserve water, and for some . . . to acquire and set up another rain barrel or two to see the garden through to harvest time.

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