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Joaquin Watch 30/09/2015

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Twin Cities ephemera: The daytime prior to the blood-red perigee super-expeditious Full Moon eclipse was a warm one–fifteen degrees above average–with an impressive south wind tearing leaves off the few trees ready to shed them. The day after was cloudy–though the clouds failed to squeeze out more than a trace of rain–and still warm, muggy even.

But by today, the situation is back close to normal: cool and clear. I even did a double-take at dawn: After verifying that Venus, Mars and Jupiter were still where they should be in the east, I noted what looked for a moment like frost on the garage roof. Fortunately, it was just dew: Frost now would be a week early.

But essentially, this region looks set for a run of stable weather. (So I did my scheduled transplanting.)

Not so the East Coast. Hurricane watches are up from North Carolina to New England as all  weather eyes along the Atlantic are on now-Hurricane Joaquin.

What does astro-meteorology have to say about prospects for a major event? And does the eclipse have anything to do with it?

Well, looking at existing literature, and charts and maps for other major hurricanes, seems a good place to start.

Here’s what Kris Brandt Riske writes in Astrometeorology: Planetary Power in Weather Forecasting (1997):

The key factors in forecasting a hurricane are Mercury-Uranus and Mars-Neptune aspects. In the Mercury-Uranus combination, Mercury provides the wind and Uranus the upper atmosphere high pressure necessary to keep the wind/water hurricane engine running. Mars provides heat and more wind, and Neptune is water, counterclockwise winds, and low pressure. Because a hurricane is composed of thunderstorms, those planetary configurations can be expected, along with strong Saturn aspects to furnish the extremely low pressure in the eye.

George J. McCormack came to similar conclusions earlier in his extensive studies that he compiled in A Text-Book of Long-Range Weather Forecasting (1947), writing: “Conjunction and opposition between [Mercury and Uranus] are both hurricane breeders.” And while McCormack did not specifically reference hurricanes, he characterized the Mars-Neptune combination: “Barometric pressure falls rapidly. These atmospheric disturbances are more intense during the summer, late spring and early fall months.”

And lo and behold: Both combinations are currently in effect: Mercury, taking more than two months (because of the current retrograde phase: the planet shifting from evening to morning star) to traverse the zoidion of Libra, opposes Uranus in Aries exactly just once–on 25 October. But they are opposed by zoidion for the entire two months plus. And Mars–along with, as mentioned, Venus and Jupiter–is currently closing in on the opposition with Neptune (exact on 7 October).

And what about Saturn? Yes, it too is part of the action: the reason why October in particular was previously identified as crucial regarding the financial / economic system.

So the celestial clock has marked out this period for high (atmospheric and oceanic tide) drama.

Was something comparable going on three years ago, when Superstorm Sandy struck New York City and nearby shoreline areas? Oh yes: Sandy went ashore on a Full Moon (but not a perigee “Super Moon”) high tide, with Saturn in the Sun-Moon axis. There was a Mercury-Uranus axis in the season chart (five weeks earlier), and there was a wide Mars-Neptune configuration at the time of the storm. But, ominously for the New York area, the season chart showed a devastating combination: Mars on the eastern horizon, and Neptune at the lower meridian: the most potent point regarding local conditions and potentials.

The astromap (below) corresponding to the 2012 fall season chart illustrates this graphically:

Lib-ing-2012_astromap

In the case of Katrina and New Orleans in 2005, Mercury and Saturn formed an axis with Neptune, with Mars forming a right angle to all three. The lunar phase was two days past Fourth Quarter.

The current season astromap (below) shows the Northeast U.S. in a wedge of trouble: between Mars and Saturn lines. And now that Mars has entered the zoidion of Virgo, completing the configuration with Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, the trouble unleashes.

Lib-ing-2015_astromap

And the map (below) for the past Full Moon / eclipse shows the coast from Cape May (New Jersey) to Maine as the prime zone for landfall, for destruction and inundation. The dashed red line shows where Mars was on the lower meridian, while the solid blue line shows where Neptune was on the upper meridian.

FM-0915_astromap

It’s time for residents of and visitors to the whole Northeast coast to go through their preparedness checklists. They should know what to do by now.

When, more exactly, are the crucial days? The fourth through eighth of October look most difficult.

-<zoidion>-

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