Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Long-range Weather Forecasts Winter 2012-13

In some recent posts, we looked at the Sun's conjunctions and oppositions to Saturn and the effects these aspects had on weather systems according to the study of astrometeorology. (Testing Astrometeorology Part 1 and Testing Astrometeorology Part 2) In this post, we'll look at the aspects the Sun makes to planets throughout the winter season of 2012-13 and see what we might expect to happen to the weather.


The winter season starts this year on December 21st. As the season progresses, the Sun will make different aspects to the other planets. We'll look at what areas of the U.S. these aspects will affect and what type of weather we should expect.

December 21-23, 2012
The first aspect the Sun makes is a sextile to Neptune. Throughout the winter season, Neptune will affect the Rocky Mountains. Neptune is not known for cold winter weather but rather warm and mild conditions when aspected by the Sun. At this time, expect rising temperatures and a generally pleasant atmosphere over the Rockies.

December 24-26, 2012
At this time, the Sun will square Uranus which affects the Northeast and New England. Unlike Neptune, Uranus is a cold weather breeder and when aspected by the Sun's square promises a cold wave with increasing winds, sleet, and snow.

December 24-31, 2012
The Sun's square to Uranus on the 25th as well as the Sun's conjunction to Pluto on the 30th, will also affect areas of Europe from Germany and Italy over to Poland and Greece with winter storm potential. We should also keep our eyes on Alaska for a strong winter storm at this time.

January 23-25, 2013
The Sun now sextiles Uranus and trines Jupiter. The Sun-Uranus combination affects the Northeast U.S. and New England where a cold wave will bring frosty conditions and northwest winds. The Sun-Jupiter pair affects the Deep South and East Central states with high pressure keeping things cool and dry.

January 29-31, 2013
The Sun will square Saturn now. Since Saturn affects the West Coast and the Great Basin area this winter, we can expect rain and heavy snow followed by a cold wave.

February 20-22, 2013
The Sun will make its conjunction to Neptune which, as stated earlier, affects the Rockies. There will be a major weather pattern change that brings rising temperatures, mist or fog, and possibly a low pressure area to the Rockies and into the Plains. During winter, Neptune often coincides with thaws.

February 24-27, 2013
This Full Moon period marks an important time since it coincides with the Sun's square to Jupiter. While this probably indicates mild and breezy conditions for the Plains, further east, over Mississippi and Alabama the extra added influence of Mercury conjunct Mars should slam those states with a strong low pressure system bringing high winds and precipitation.

February 28-March 2, 2013
The Sun sextiles Pluto and trines Saturn. This will bring fair and cool conditions to the Plains and also to the Great Basin area and western states.

March 3-5, 2013
The Sun's last aspect during the winter season is its conjunction to Mercury. This will affect the Plains and Mississippi Valley areas. Watch for a strong cold front ushering in windy and stormy conditions there.
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