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Weather Weirding 05/11/2014

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Twin Cities ephemera: The almost-full Moon lit up a dramatic long-pointed pattern of clouds last night: clouds racing from the north. Today the pale Sun has occasionally shone through the clouds that seem unable to shed more than a dribble of moisture.

Unsurprisingly–to this astrometeorologist–the pattern for the past month has been remarkably dry: Only 0.07 inch of precipitation has fallen on this forest garden-in-the-making. 

Mostly the weather has been lovely: Many have remarked on the unusual beauty of the autumn leaves this year: a result, probably, of the unusual wetness of the spring and early summer. But now the leaves are all on the ground, their colors fading fast.

But the dryness has left me unable to put my newly-tapped plastic water barrel to the test: The water level barely reached the top of the spigot pipe. So before upending it yesterday and setting it aside for the winter, I simply poured out the water into a pail and gave root-moistening shots to the hazelnut seedlings and currant bushes.

I put plastic collars around the year-old pear trees, to protect them from winter’s wandering hungry critters. And I put a circle of chicken-wire around the bare trunk of the cherry tree. I’ll prune the latter next month, or later, once it’s fully dormant.

But I’ve had the satisfaction in the past week of one last harvest of garden-grown lettuce and sorrel, to go with batches of homemade hummus. Yum!

I’m starting to settle in and pore over a tall stack of four-decade-old issues of Mother Earth News. Thanks, J!

Have you ever wondered how wildly different concurrent weather stories could be indicated astrologically? It’s often fairly simple.

A recurring theme in this project has been the potency in forecasting of planets near the meridian (the vertical axis)–especially the lower meridian.

And that’s the theme once again in relation to two planets with very different forecasting characteristics. Mars is associated with rising temperatures, and Uranus typically with sharply colder temperatures, often accompanied by highly unusual events.

This story from Weather Underground provides details of simultaneous record warmth in western Europe, and record early chills and snowfalls in the eastern U.S. The frequency of stories like this is a big reason why I refer to climate change as “global weirding.”

The astromap (below) for the relevant lunation week (beginning with the First Quarter Moon on 30 October) shows–as might be expected–Mars as the dominant astrological influence upon Europe, and Uranus upon the eastern U.S and Canada.

(Mars line is dashed vertical line on far right. Uranus line is solid red vertical line on left.

(Mars line is dashed vertical line on far right. Uranus line is solid red vertical line on left, running through Maine.)

By the way, I anticipate an intrusion by a significantly wetter and colder weather system in the coming week, as the Full Moon combines with the conjunction of Venus and Saturn: Watch for alerts and reports of a more widespread wintry blast, but concentrating its force (and suffering) upon Alaska and European Russia, Poland, the Balkans and adjacent areas.

-<zoidion>-

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