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Historic blizzard siege in New England; January,1996 - 11.27.05


This coming December promises some storms in the Northeast US. Learn why from this study of the blizzards of 1996.

The current eclipse pattern is similar to the eclipse pattern for October 1995. That pattern was in place for the fall of 1995 and the winter of 1996. This time span included a remarkable pattern of January storms in the Northeast known as the blizzard siege of '96. If the analog proves true there might be some spunky weather in store for the northeast in between periods of relative calm.


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Fig.1
January 3, 1996 -

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 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 the fall of 1995 and the winter of 1996. A very good time for a return of this type of pattern is coming up shortly in December 2005 between the 8th and the 14th. A that time watch for cold fronts moving from the Dakotas to track across the Central States and then turn up the coast towards New England as high pressure forms off of the coast. This activity should start around the 5th as the Moon transits the continent and stay turbulent until the 10th when Mars goes to station direct motion over the eastern pair of eclipse points. This looks like a memorable time period. It may come in the context of a rather placid period in the weather for the Northeast and the East Coast.