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Freeze-Thaw Cycle 16/12/2016

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Twin Cities ephemera: Pulling aside the drapes and raising the insulating blinds covering the windows this morning, I could see that the first smattering of the forecast snow had already fallen. It’s not welcome: Getting around has become distinctly more challenging since snow came to stay.

At least it brings a respite from the severe cold that moved in for the week.

The techno-weather forecasts are largely in agreement: Eight inches of snow can be expected in the metro area, with upwards of a foot falling to the south, accompanied by much wind to blow it around, followed by plunging temperatures to levels not seen hereabouts in several years — at least. A blast from the past.

But within a few more days — by the solstice — temperatures are likely to rebound close to or even above the freezing mark, thanks to a shift to airflow from the Pacific Ocean.

That’s an impressive oscillation.

That’s also an impressive expression of the indications contained in the relevant astro-meteorological charts.

Even though meteorological winter arrived with the calendar turn to December, astro-meteorological autumn is in effect until the solstice on the morning of the twenty-first. And the autumn chart promised a spate of below-average temperatures — eventually. (The prime indication was the zoidion Aquarius, whose lord is Saturn, on the lower meridian of the chart.)

Those arrived, on schedule, as Sun caught up with Saturn, and at this point there have been nine consecutive days with below-average temperatures.

It’s worth noting that meteorologists are referring to the imminent deep-freeze as the “coldest temperatures of the season.”

But first: more snow, timed to the passage of Luna across the upper meridian, following Full Moon in alignment with Luna in the season chart.

As mentioned in the previous discussion of the winter chart, the position of Mars at the lower meridian promises a warmup at and immediately following the solstice, and a relatively wet winter season: signified by Neptune and Pisces on the lower meridian.

Pretty much what the techno-meteorologists have been saying for this region. It’s almost as if they’re reading this very blog.

Curious, isn’t it?

-<zoidion>-

[Currently reading: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, Gwen Westerman & Bruce White, 2012; Green Earth, Kim Stanley Robinson, 2015]

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Comments»

1. Mary Louise Turner - 21/12/2016

Tis the season! We’re expecting rain for our Christmas here. Warm wet Mars/Moon for us! Enjoy your holiday!

2. zoidion - 22/12/2016

Yep, Moon in watery Scorpio across the AC on the 25th. How ’bout that 3″ snowfall? Seen that yet?


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