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Blizzard siege New England; January, 1996 - 12.19.04


The coming winter promises storms in the Northeast US. Learn why from this study of the blizzards of 1996.

January 3, 1996 -


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Fig.1

The first in the series of snowstorms to strike the eastern U.S. over a ten-day period started on January 3, 1996 over New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. Rochester, NY received 23 inches of snow in 24 hours with 21 inches in Oswego, NY. Heavy snows fell from Boston to Pennsylvania. In the chart we can see that the path of the storm ran up the eastern seaboard. The two 45° jet curves from the solar and lunar eclipses were projected onto the East Coast(blue) The eastern curve was out over the ocean and the western curve came up through Florida into the Appalachian Mts. High-pressure on both of the 45° jet curves from the eastern pair of eclipse points brought a strong blocking pattern to the east. A Neptune aspect was the source of these values. At the same time, a strong high was generated by these Neptune aspects on the 72° jet curves(blue). This high pushed the storm jet up into western Canada bringing cold down into the High Plains. (arrow) The high off of the coast blocked the eastward passage of the descending cold air and directed it northeastward. A low dropped between the 45° and 72° jet curve areas. The circulation around the low drew in moist air off of the Gulf of Mexico and deposited it in the Northeast as snow. Similar patterns would unfold four times in the first two weeks of January 1996.


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Fig.2

January 7, 1996 -

The "blizzard of '96" occurred on January 7,1996. fig 2 The storm began as a seed low in western Canada that was traveling southeastward in a cold jet resulting from the high over the West Coast. This was similar to the last storm. This storm began to drop into the slot between the 45° and 72° jet curves from the eastern pair of eclipse points when Uranus moved in arc on the 7th. This move switched the value of the western 45° jet curve to low pressure (warn red curve) just as the storm came into the line. The storm deepened radically and being blocked by high pressure out to sea off of New England on the other 45° jet curve it began running up the coast. Heavy snow fell in an arc from West Virginia to New Jersey. All the cities in the megalopolis were inundated from Washington DC to Boston. Snow extended west to Cincinnati. This event was the second major snow on the East Coast in a matter of days.


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Fig.3

January 10, 1996 -

On January 10, 1996 a fast moving cold front produced more snow over the mid Atlantic seaboard and the Northeast. The storm came into the east by rapidly making a continental transit from western Canada across the northern tier of the United States. High pressure on all lines put the storm jet far to the north with the only place where it could dip to the south over the Northeast. This storm spread snow from Philadelphia to Boston (pink circle). This was the third snowstorm to affect the region in a week.


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Fig.4

January 12, 1996 -

On January 12th, 1996 the fourth snowstorm to hit the coast in only ten days dumped snow from the Washington, DC- Baltimore, MD area up to New Hampshire. This storm started as a low- pressure area over the High Plains on the 10th. This impulse started out as a weak low- pressure area over California on the 8th that crossed the mountains at a low- latitude when the high over the eastern Pacific faded on the10th. On the 11thstrong low-pressure values suddenly shifted on most points as the weak transiting low was crossing the Denver area. The storm tracked into the northeast due to a blocking pattern on the only point with high-pressure values, the solar point. The 45° jet curve from this point (blue) was out to sea off of New England. When it crossed the 45° jet curve from the lunar point it deepened radically. The whole east coast was buried under snow after these storms.

The significance of these patterns is that in the coming winter the eclipse points will place 45° jet curves in very similar placement to 1996. As Mars goes into its lowest declination period late in March and through February expect that the Northeast will be an area where strong storms are likely. Especially watch the last week of January and the third week of February, 2005 for storms on the East Coast and the Northeast.