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Spring outlook 2005 - 03.08.05

An April eclipse and Jupiter motion should change patterns for the next few months.



April should come in softly as a shift in the node and Jupiter both support high- pressure over the west. The only possible turbulence should be in New England where unseasonable cold should dominate. The second week of April arrives with the fanfare of the eclipse energies. During the two-week space between eclipses the wild card nature of the atmosphere is dominant. The eclipse energies produce intermittent and unpredictable patterns across the whole chart. To compound the intermittent nature of the atmosphere between eclipses in April 2005 Mercury is retrograde in an approach near to the eastern pair of eclipse points over western Africa. Coupled with a Jupiter motion to high- pressure on the western pair of eclipse points the whole chart is dominated by high- pressure areas. Look for blocks to center over the central Gulf of Alaska, the High Plains and the Maritime Provinces. This pattern generally produces a zonal jet stream flow where the storm track moves horizontally across North America. The usual result is lake effect storms in the northeast and cold disturbances in the mid Atlantic seaboard. In the second week look for storms in the PNW and in New England between the 8th and the 11th. A Jupiter shift on the 13th should break down the storm track resulting in weak fronts and moderate temperatures for the week. Mercury approaching the eastern pair of eclipse points should stimulate storm energies for the eastern third of the country for the last week of April. Jupiter, moving to a strong low pressure pattern for the western eclipse pair of points should support some late storm activity for the PNW and N CA just after the 21st. The figure shows the new eclipse points for the next six months. The nest of lines over the Great Basin should be the weather maker for the summer.

Jupiter motion in the west coupled with nodal motion in the east should radically shift the pattern across the nation from storm to mild and warmer for the first week of May except for the extreme eastern seaboard where cool temperatures and moderate fronts prevail between the 2nd and the 3rd. Another Jupiter and node shift puts low pressure on both coasts for the second week of May. Watch north on the West Coast for good rains late in the week. Also watch the Midwest and the Northeast for good rains at week's end. In the third week Jupiter continues to provide low- pressure signals for the West Coast with unseasonably cool patterns developing to the north. Look for a storm center to develop in the Alberta area with a ridge pattern from Denver to Minnesota, reaching a peak on the 21st and 22nd , as the moon transits the western eclipse points. Most likely a moderate to good rain band will develop from the south Central states northeastward into New York State late in the week. In the last week of May both Jupiter and the lunar node shift the charts to high-pressure pushing the storm jet across the continent far to the north.

Jupiter moving direct on station near the western eclipse pair for the first week of June should be the dominant player. Watch for cooler than average temperatures to the north on the West Coas, with a strong Hawaii high centered between the coast and Hawaii. Heat should build up in the Great Basin with a ridge forming over the High Plains bringing dryness to the southern Central states. Storm energies should center over the eastern Corn Belt and the mid Atlantic seaboard and north into New England. In the second week the mid continent ridge should dissolve and the storm door should open for all points with a classic winter storm pattern across the continent. South of Mt. Shasta on the West Coast look for warm conditions with a weakening of the Hawaii ridge bringing unsettled conditions. In the third week watch for this same pattern to continue as Jupiter remains on station. In the fourth week the West Coast pattern should remain but a significant change is in store for the continent. The lunar node, moving near the eastern eclipse pair of points will shift the pattern to high pressure for the East Coast and the Great Basin. The first shift should be a stronger than normal western Canadian jet path due to an enhanced high- pressure area in western BC. It looks like high pressure should center over the eastern Gulf of Alaska driving the storm jet into Canada with a resulting cold flow pattern into the upper Midwest. At this time this cold flow should be coupled with an enhanced high- pressure pattern from the Bermuda high. The clockwise circulation around a strong Bermuda high often stimulates monsoon flows from the Gulf of Mexico northward into the lower Midwest. This pattern is a classic wet and wild pattern in which many waves of thunderstorms collide over the Central States with widespread rains that funnel east into the Northeast and mid Atlantic states between southern W Virginia and southern Pennsylvania.