Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Out West

Spring officially started along the West Coast at 5:07 PM PDT today. As explained in a previous post, the planetary positions at the time of the official start of each season provide information on the weather patterns that will affect a given area. This information enables astro-meteorologists to make long-range weather predictions weeks, months, and years in advance.

The accompanying map shows that the planet Mercury (equated with windy and cooler conditions) was setting off the West Coast at the time of the Spring Equinox. All other planetary lines have been removed for ease of viewing. As we progress through the spring season and other planets transit or pass over the degree Mercury held, the atmosphere will respond according to the nature of the planet that transits this degree. Below are a few dates when this happens and an idea of the type of weather pattern to expect.
April 8-10, 2007:
Mars conjoins Mercury's position. This usually coincides with windy conditions.
April 12-14, 2007:
Venus aspects Mercury's position. A southerly air flow kicks in over the West Coast States. If enough moisture is available, precipitation ensues.
May 11-13, 2007:
Mercury activates its own position. Stormy and windy conditions affect the West Coast area.
May 22-24, 2007:
The Quarter Moon triggers Mercury's position. Unstettled conditions, wind likely.

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