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In the last Hotspots article the floods in NJ were featured. These unusual rains were on the 13th of July. They featured a strong thunderstorm pattern and much local rain in single storms. On the 22nd of July a similar spate of unusual thunderstorms hit Indiana and Nebraska producing 2"to 3" of rain in a matter of hours. The patterns of the two events had a similar profile and the area that generated the initial impulse for the NJ storms was the same area that a week later was the site of the unusual rains. The NJ floods were the result of a moderate front that built up as it passed over a line between Indiana and Nebraska and later dumped on the eastern seaboard. The later Midwest storms were the result of a moderate line of storms that arose over the Dakotas that suddenly erupted into heavy rains in the vicinity of the same Indiana/Nebraska line. We could ask what is in the vicinity of Indiana and Nebraska that is acting as a trigger for these unusual rains?
In the chart for July 13 the 72° jet curve from the western eclipse pair was seen. The high over the Great Basin that steered the storm jet into the east coast was depicted as being influenced by the 72° jet curve. In the planetary flux model the 72° jet curves cross each other in the vicinity of what are known as polar 90 lines . In the chart accompanying this article the polar 90 lines are drawn along with the 72° jet curve from the solar point. The solar point was being aspected by the node at low-pressure values and as a result there was a low-pressure impulse on the 72° jet curve from that point. On July 6th Neptune moved in arc to a conjunction point with the polar 90 line from the solar point. The 72° point and the polar 90 point are 18° of arc from each other. In the chart it can be seen that they cross over Nebraska. This is significant for our purposes. When a planet conjuncts a polar 90 point the most typical pattern is a breakout of cold from the northern latitude of the polar 90 line. With Neptune on the polar 90 point and the node stimulating low pressure on the72° jet curve the most likely pattern would be turbulence and cold breakouts from the north. This pattern figured strongly in both of the unusual rains of July 2006. To test this hypothesis watch the area on the Nebraska/Indiana line to be the source of a strong ridge in the days after August 2nd when Neptune moves off of the polar 990 line and aspects it at a high-pressure aspect. This should build a ridge over the Midwest in place of the storm pattern present now.