Friday, June 10, 2005, 04:11 AM - TechniquesDuring my trip to the beautiful USA state of Washington in May 2005, an afternoon was spent at one of the viewing spots on the mountain, Johnson Ridge.
The National Parks station facility as new since Johnson Ridge was blown away in 1980 and it is worth visiting time and again. The impact of the devastation truly imbeds in the mind. The mountain is mostly cleared of the downed trees and 25 years of new growth is evident, however, the sight of the valley below with the new mud flats instead of the river that flowed before the erruption is one that will not go away easily.
How can such a weather disaster be forecast? While in Washington, I lectured on the fundamentals of long range weather forecasting and also the St. Helens erruption and the Tsunami at the Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC).
By creating a series of charts for the time and location of the event, one can easily see how the planets and Moon were positioned. If the astrologer can see the disaster in these charts, then future impacting events for these locations can be prepared.
There are astrologers, including myself, who have forecast hurricanes successfully. We need more astrologers who will look in other places, who will fulfill a great need to understand how any kind of weather will impact us. Since we can do this kind of work, isn't it logical to add our expertise to the weather services around the world?
It is my hope and dream during my lifetime to have Astrometeorology impact our weather forecasts in order to prepare people for the events. The contribution I am making is to further the role of long range forecasting to those who will carry on the tradition after I am gone.
The new dome growing on the mountain is to me like a heartbeat, or a bomb ticking away at the ultimate destiny. Shouldn't someone be watching?
Sunday, May 22, 2005, 04:45 AM - TechniquesLast January I began to work on the spring long range forecast for 2005. The model that I use is very different than the scientific method used by meteorologists. My models are charts of the new, full and quarter Moons plus a chart that depicts the season overview.
For those who have a smattering of astrological knowledge, you may find this technical observation of spring interesting.
The planet Saturn was positioned at the base of the spring season chart, a chart called the Cardinal Sun Ingress at zero degrees of Aries, or the moment the Sun crosses the line of the equator. Saturn is a planet that seldom brings good news or fair weather.
Not only was Saturn at the base of the chart, the part that gives about 50% information about the temperature of the season ahead, but the Moon was also placed in the same vicinity. The two together made for an easy forecast of a wet and chilly spring. What does summer hold? Saturn is in the same position and the planet Venus, representing more wet weather, is next to Saturn in the summer chart. Need I say more?
Sunday, May 15, 2005, 11:26 AM - ForecastsIn my musings, earlier this morning, I said the rain would start at 1pm here in Rhode Island. The trigger (for you astromets) I used was a transit of the Moon opposite Neptune at 12:50pm edt. Exactly at that time scattered raindrops began to fall. I was at a local farm with my son in law and the two granddaughters. Wow, says he, right on the money! All I can say is thank you Mother Nature >big grin<
Sunday, May 15, 2005, 04:26 AMOn Saturday I had to mail out my weather course (see website) to a person in California. I love it when students are enthusiastic and eager to take the weather course. While at the Post Office, where I do drop off my seasonal booklet weather reports, the clerk recognized my name and yelled 'Wow, you have been right on with this weather forecast, I brag about you all the time!'. With that kind of reception so early in the day, it sure made my day.
The tv mets had forecast another wet weekend and I had reported (written in February) that the week from May 8-16 would have a variety of weather from fog to showers, strong winds and fair days with temps all over the place. Today, the 14th, the forecast has accurately described the weather. True, there are no daily dates, but looking closely at the weekend at a friend's request I thought that Saturday looked like the better day with some rain on Sunday.
Today, Sunday, rain is expected around mid afternoon according to Kelly Bates on local channel 10 and in my model I expect showers at around 1pm. It was very amusing to watch the tv weather this morning (7am) with the anchors of the show talking about what fun they had in the garden and thanked the meteorologist for her report - huh? I guess they have to support each other. This morning, Kelly talked about the weather and used the work 'iffy' and joked that it was a weather term used often. I wonder if someone would pay me for wrong forecasts?
Thursday, May 12, 2005, 11:26 AM - MusingsI'm usually so busy working on weather related stuff that I am not affected by the weather outside my window. It's true that the spring color outside my window was very late but, last night dinner guests were expected for 6pm. It would have been lovely to sit on the west deck and enjoy the Sun about to set, but no----that May 8-15th forecast was correct and it was the strong wind that kept us inside. Bah! My sympathies to those who are affected by this cold spring more often than I.