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The coming eclipses in April should prolong some of the patterns already active this year. The reason for this is that these two eclipses do not push the eclipse points very far along the ecliptic. In most years, the points move about 15° at each eclipse. Every four or five years there is a kind of halting of the retrograde progress of the points. In the next eclipse after that they spring forward in longitude. This year is the halting year. As a result the eclipse disturbance diamond will still be placed over the western third of the country during the spring and summer. Of course the summer months will bring a change to the weather patterns. However the general patterning of the jet stream should resemble the patterning of the last six months. This is not such good news for some sections of the country.
In figure 1 we see the new eclipse points and the grid of jet curves that are projected from them. The 45° and 72° jet curves from both the lunar and the solar points are highlighted in blue. That is a sign that these points are under the influence of high-pressure values. Two areas of high-pressure are linked to these points. One is over the PNW and the other is over the Southeast. The node has been active on the solar point producing high-pressure values many times in the past few months. This is simply due to the cycles of rhythms inherent in the nodal motions. When high-pressure is activating these jet curves the high over the PNW strengthens. This past winter has seen many situations where this high has pushed the storm jet to the south and brought record rains into Southern California. At the same time a portion of the jet stream has gone over the top of the high and then descended into the Midwest and the Northeast bringing colder and wetter than normal conditions. The two jets have sometimes met over the Gulf Coast states and then the high on the southeastern part of the country has pushed the storms up the coast into New England where there was another meeting point for cold and warm air. This has led to spring floods in the Northeast and dreary and cold conditions in that sector for most of the winter and early spring. Without a substantial movement of the eclipse points in April, we can expect similar patterns this spring. Although it is most likely that the patterns will be much reduced in intensity,
In figure 2 the two eclipse points are split in their influences. The solar point is aspected to high-pressure and the lunar point is aspected to low-pressure by the movements of the lunar node. When this pattern arises a high to the west keeps the Northwest dry but brings cold down into the High Plains. The cold drops down into the southern High Plains and meets moist warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. This pattern triggers strong storms across the Gulf Coast States. This has been another typical pattern this winter and in all likelihood it will be problematic this summer also. In summer however, this type of pattern could yield very strong thunderstorms and tornados.
These two patterns have showed up in several charts this year and promise to be around for a few months more due to the mysterious rhythms of the eclipses.