Winter 2018 Weather Forecast
Weather anomalies have been the norm recently, with multiple hurricanes in 2017 and temperatures both above and below normal. This winter will see more of the same, although not to the extent of summer and autumn 2017.
Nevertheless, some areas will experience temperatures well above normal and precipitation well below. Conversely, temperatures in other areas will be more seasonal with abundant precipitation. So, while southwest locations will be warm, northern states in the midwest will be cold, and eastern states will see precipitation above average.
A Sun-Saturn conjunction at the ingress indicates heavy precipitation during the season followed by cold weather. This aspect is one of the most notable for overcast skies, cold weather, and much precipitation, usually snow during winter months.
The good news, at least with Sun-Saturn, is that few areas are aspected by this planetary duo at the ingress. The conjunction is semisquare 115W (western Montana south to Arizona), and also semisquare ingress Ascendants from Texas northeast to Wisconsin. Increasing the chance for heavy precipitation at times is Jupiter semisquare Saturn at the ingress.
Mercury Square Neptune
This aspect is associated with tornados, hurricanes, low-pressure systems, thaws, fog, overcast skies, and heavy precipitation. Its negative effects are compounded by ingress Mercury, which is retrograde.
Ingress Neptune is trine 120W (Washington south to southern California). The trine aspect indicates precipitation, warmer temperatures, some cloudiness, and only a chance for showers. But when it rains it will be heavy even though the aspect is a trine.
Moving east, Mercury is sextile Ascendants from Texas northeast to Minnesota, aspecting approximately the same path as Saturn. And of course what is aspected by Mercury is also aspected by Neptune (Mercury square Neptune at the ingress). All of these states are thus prone to strong thunderstorms when conditions and temperatures are favorable. Low pressure systems will form and strengthen in this area of the Plains states before moving east to 85-95W, where the heaviest precipitation will occur.
Ingress Neptune is square states from Wisconsin/Michigan south to Alabama/Mississippi. Flooding is not only possible but likely during winter thaws or from heavy precipitation associated with strong thunderstorms during warmer weeks. The same area has ingress Saturn sextile the Ascendants, adding potential for even higher precipitation. Strong thunderstorms with tornado potential are also indicated by retrograde Mercury sesquisquare Uranus.
Also aspecting Neptune at the ingress is Mars, a planet of wind and heat. Together, the Mars trine Neptune aspect indicates warmer temperatures, low pressure, fog potential in low-lying areas, and thaws. Another Neptune aspect, a trine with Jupiter, is associated with above average temperatures and thaws.
With so much emphasis on wet Neptune and its aspects with other planets, it’s unlikely that the Mississippi River Valley and areas just east and west of there won’t experience heavy precipitation and flooding along with damaging tornados.
Uranus is associated with high pressure, and at the ingress it is square Ascendants from southern California northeast to eastern Montana. This entire area will experience the effects of high-pressure systems, along with high or low temperatures, depending upon the states aspected. Its sesquisquare with retrograde Mercury indicates stormy conditions, high winds, overcast skies, and cold temperatures. These storms are also reflected in Pluto, which is conjunct ingress Ascendants from southern California northeast to western Montana—another indication of cold temperatures.
The east coast is also influenced by Uranus, which is trine 75W (New England south to North Carolina). Uranus also aspects much of 80W (Ohio/Pennsylvania south to Georgia). This area is also influenced by retrograde Mercury and Neptune, as well as Venus and Mars—a combination that increases storm potential. In this case, the planetary placements reflect high potential for a Nor’easter moving up the coast.
Venus and Mars
Venus and Mars are semisquare at the ingress, an aspect associated with precipitation and warmer temperatures. Heavy precipitation under overcast skies is indicated by Venus parallel Saturn, especially because Saturn reflects above average precipitation, given its conjunction with the Sun.
Venus trine Uranus reinforces the high-pressure tendency of Uranus, indicating cold and fair weather. On its own, Venus aspecting any longitude and/or latitude generally indicates a higher probability of precipitation.
The east coast will be stormy with abundant precipitation the first week of January and continuing into mid-month, and temperatures will be cold in the eastern two-thirds of states.
The last two weeks of January will see abundant precipitation in the mid-Atlantic states and southeast.
Strong thunderstorms with tornado potential are possible in the southeastern states during the first two weeks of February, along with temperatures seasonal to below, while the southwestern states are seasonal to above.
The second half of February will see abundant precipitation in the southeastern states with strong thunderstorms with tornado potential, and temperatures seasonal to below. The Plains states will be seasonal to below during the same weeks with strong thunderstorms with tornado potential, while the northwestern states see abundant precipitation.
The southeastern states will see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential and abundant precipitation during the first two weeks of March. During the same weeks, the Plains could see flooding as a result of abundant precipitation, thunderstorms, and tornados.
Spring 2017 Weather Forecast
Winter rains helped ease drought conditions in the west, with some lakes now at or near maximum storage. This trend will continue throughout much of the spring season, which extends from March 20 to June 21, 2017.
Scorpio is on the ingress Midheavens and Taurus on the ingress ICs in the western half of the continental United States. Both of these signs are moist and indicate average precipitation with above-average downfall in some areas, depending upon the planetary aspects. Much of this area—the western third of the states—has Capricorn, a cool sign often associated with storms, on the Ascendants. Temperatures will range from average to below.
The middle third of the states will be drier and warmer. There (western Plains states east to the Ohio Valley), Aquarius, a cool, dry sign, is on the Ascendants. The western-most states in this area have Scorpio-Taurus on the Midheavens-ICs, so these areas have a better chance for precipitation, albeit not a great one.
Sagittarius is on the Midheavens from the eastern Plains (Minnesota south to Louisiana) to the east coast, and Gemini is on the ICs. Sagittarius is dry and warm, and Gemini is cooler and dry. This part of the continental United States will thus experience above-average temperatures and have a tendency for below-average precipitation. However, states from eastern Ohio south to Alabama and all states east of there have a better chance for precipitation levels approaching average because Pisces, a wet sign, is on the Ascendants.
The signs on the angles are important in weather forecasting, but they are superseded by planets in and aspecting the angular houses and the aspects they form with other planets. The fourth house is the strongest, followed by the tenth, the first, and the seventh. Hard aspects indicate weather systems and storms, as well as extremes in temperature. Easy aspects indicate seasonal or pleasant weather, but also both high and low temperatures; they are generally not associated with precipitation. Planetary configurations formed between two (or more) outer planets are strong seasonal indicators, particularly those in hard aspect. Areas aspected by them are prone to severe weather.
Jupiter and Uranus are in opposition in the ingress chart, with both planets square Pluto, forming a T-square configuration. This is a major storm configuration, as well as one of extremes in heat and precipitation. As difficult as this aspect is, however, it does not form a major aspect to any longitude (Midheaven-IC) in the continental United States. The minor aspects it does form, as well as aspects to the Ascendants in various locations, indicate periodic severe weather rather than a season in which such weather dominates.
On their own, the individual aspects in the configuration indicate this weather: Jupiter opposition Uranus—cooler, storms, windy conditions, abundant precipitation; Jupiter square Pluto—thunderstorms, storms, temperature extremes, hot or cold; Uranus square Pluto—storms, extreme weather, hot or cold temperatures.
All three of these planets are square the Ascendants from southern California northeast to eastern Montana/western Dakotas. These areas will see major storms, and there could be significant downfall in the Rocky Mountains as well as California, where heavy precipitation can create mud slides.At 90W (Wisconsin south to Louisiana/Mississippi), which is the Mississippi River Valley, Jupiter and Pluto are semisquare and Uranus is sesquisquare the Midheaven. South and east of there, from Louisiana northeast to Michigan, and east to western Pennsylvania and states south, the three planets aspect the Ascendants through both hard and soft aspects. Storms will thus enter the continental United States or form at the Minnesota/Wisconsin/Canadian border and travel southeast, bringing weather systems to the entire region. This area is especially prone to severe thunderstorms with tornado potential.
To the east, Jupiter is sextile, Uranus trine, and Pluto semisextile longitude 75W, aspecting areas from New York south to North Carolina. Because the three planets also aspect the Ascendants in much of this area, some storms will travel northward along the coastal states, and there is also increased potential for severe thunderstorms and tornados.
The ingress Sun-Saturn square is indicative of abundant precipitation, cooler temperatures, damp weather, and overcast skies. Adding to its intensity is Saturn’s parallel with Pluto, an aspect of major storms. The parallel of course also brings Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto into the mix, adding overtones of this three-planet configuration to make the Sun-Saturn square even stronger aspect than it would be on its own.
Sun square Saturn weather will be most evident in the New England states of the northeast. There, at 70W longitude, ingress Saturn is conjunct the Midheaven, an aspect of major cyclonic storms with abundant precipitation. Saturn also aspects (semisquare) Ascendants from western Texas northeast across the Plains to Minnesota-Wisconsin. Storms will move along this line and some locations will see heavy precipitation and possibly tornados.
Venus is a planet of moisture and milder temperatures, depending upon the sign it occupies; in some signs and configurations it represents fair weather. When retrograde, Venus can indicate abundant precipitation, as well as high temperatures. Venus is in warm, dry Aries at the ingress, so temperatures will be higher overall and moisture below average.
Ingress Venus is sesquisquare 105W longitude and sextile 100W. It’s also trine 90W longitude and semisquare the Ascendants from Louisiana to Michigan, crossing the Mississippi River Valley (Midheavens and Ascendants) along with Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto. With so many aspects to the ingress chart in this area, retrograde Venus is more likely to indicate increased storm intensity even though it is in Aries, as well as elevated temperatures at times.
The only planetary aspect made by ingress Mars is a semisextile with retrograde Venus. Mars is generally a planet of warmer temperatures and fair weather, but Mars in Taurus is more temperate and Taurus is a sign of moisture. Even though Venus is in Aries, its retrograde status, combined with Mars in Taurus, could add to precipitation levels where other planets indicate stormy conditions. Mars also represents wind.
Mars is opposition the 120W longitude (Washington south to southern California), where temperatures will be above average at times, and at others it will augment the moisture indicated by Scorpio-Taurus on the Midheaven-IC. Ingress Mercury in Aries is square Ascendants from northern California northeast to western Montana, so some storms with high winds will travel from the Pacific Northwest to the southeast, amplifying the stormy planetary influences in the Rockies.
Mars is square 100W, where stormy conditions are already indicated by other planetary configurations. The same is true of 75W, where Mars is sesquisquare that longitude, which is aspected by Jupiter and Uranus; temperatures will be generally above average in that area.
Weeks to Watch
Southeastern states will see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential the week of March 20, while much of the rest of the country experiences temperatures ranging from seasonal to above, with precipitation in western states.
Temperatures will be above average in western states the week of March 27.
The week of April 3 will see abundant precipitation in New England states and the Pacific Northwest, and temperatures above normal in the Plains states.
New England will see more abundant precipitation the week of April 11, as will some of the Plains states. Temperatures will be below average in the eastern third of the country and above average in some western states.
Abundant precipitation is possible in the eastern third of the country the week of April 19. Temperatures will be below average in the eastern third of the country and above average in western states.
The Plains states will see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential and above average temperatures the week of April 26.
Temperatures across much of the country will be above average the week of May 2, and the Plains states and the southeastern part of the country will see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential.
Temperatures will range from seasonal to above in the eastern third of the country during the week of May 10, along with strong thunderstorms with tornado potential. Abundant precipitation in the Pacific Northwest is possible.
Eastern areas could see abundant precipitation the week of May 18, with strong thunderstorms with tornado potential in the same areas, while temperatures will be above normal in the Plains states.
The Plains states will be stormy the week of May 25, with strong thunderstorm and tornado potential, as conditions are dry and temperatures above average in many other areas.
The first week of June will see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential in the southeastern states, abundant precipitation in the Plains states, and temperatures seasonal to below in the east and seasonal to above in the west.
The southeastern states will see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential the week of June 9, and the western and Plains states will experience temperatures above average.
Temperatures will be above average in the western two-thirds of the country the week of June 17, with temperatures below average in the eastern third.
Winter 2017 Weather Forecast
Much of the continental United States will see above average temperatures, and most locations will experience precipitation average to below. Major storms with significant downfall will occur in some areas.
The western half of the continental United States has Leo on the Midheaven at the ingress, indicating above average temperatures, and the same is true of the eastern third of the states, where Sagittarius is on the Asendants. A small portion, from the Dakotas east to Wisconsin and all states south will experience average temperatures. Virgo is on the Midheaven across the eastern half of the states.
Scorpio, a sign of moisture and cool temperatures, is on the Ascendants from the west coast (except for coastal areas of Washington and Oregon) to states from Wisconsin south to Louisiana. These areas will thus experience periods of wet, damp weather with lower temperatures that alternate with dryness and above average temperatures.
The combination of Virgo on the Midheavens and Sagittarius on the Ascendants in the eastern third of the continental United States indicates overall lower moisture and higher temperatures.
Signs on the Midheaven and Ascendant indicate general conditions. These are modified by planets in aspect to specific areas and are always stronger indications of weather conditions than are just the signs on the angles.
Saturn, planet of cooler temperatures, precipitation, and storms, aspects several locations at the ingress. It’s aspects to other planets, however, are limited.
Mercury parallel Saturn is associated with cloudy skies, low pressure, dampness, cooler temperatures, and precipitation. Its sextile with Jupiter also indicates cooler temperatures and precipitation, and areas where its trine with Uranus can expect below average temperatures. Saturn also forms a semisextile and a parallel with Pluto. These aspects are indicative of cloudy skies, stormy conditions, wind, and cooler temperatures.
Saturn is trine 110W (Montana south to Arizona-New Mexico) at the ingress, so these states can expect cooler temperatures at times, along with storms and precipitation, some of which could be abundant because of the Scorpio Ascendants in these locations.
Saturn is especially dominant at 80W (Ohio south to Georgia and northern Florida), where it forms a square with this longitude, making these states prone to major storms and a higher number of cloudy days.
Venus, planet of clouds and moisture, forms a semisquare with the Sun at the ingress. This aspect is associated with heavy precipitation and cooler temperatures.
Venus’ conjunction with the IC at 115W (Montana south to Arizona) increases the potential for significant precipitation in the Rocky Mountains, especially because Saturn, only five degrees to the east, is indicative of wide-ranging storm systems. The Venus-Pluto semisextile reflects windy conditions, as does Mercury aspecting the same longitude and in a semisextile with Venus.
New England will benefit from Venus sesquisquare 70W, and could realize average or near-average precipitation.
Mercury is retrograde at the ingress, so any location aspected by this planet can expect generally windy conditions throughout the season. In itself, retrograde Mercury is associated with high winds and stormy conditions, and this is compounded by the ingress aspects it forms to other planets.
Mercury’s semisquare with Mars is indicative of windy conditions and thunderstorms (if temperatures are warm enough), and its conjunction with Pluto reflects storms with damaging high winds. Cloudy skies, low pressure, cooler temperatures, and precipitation are associated with Mercury’s parallel with Saturn.
Mercury, along with Venus and Pluto, aspecting 115W, and its parallel to Saturn (trine 110W), also reflect a strong tendency for major low-pressure systems in this area that will travel southeast across the Plains states, where Mercury, Pluto, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn aspect the ingress Ascendants.
Mercury forms a trine to 88W (Wisconsin south to Louisiana), so these areas will experience more windy days throughout the season.
Jupiter is opposition and contraparallel Uranus at the ingress. This aspect is indicative of cooler temperatures, storms, abundant precipitation, and windy conditions. The areas where this aspect will be apparent are 95W (Minnesota south to Louisiana), where these planets are sesquisquare the Midheaven. They also aspect (by sesquisquare/semisquare) Ascendants from Alabama northeast to western New York and across the western and central Plains states.
Jupiter’s square with Pluto, which aspects the same locations, is associated with colder temperatures, storms, and high winds.
Neptune forms only one aspect at the ingress: a semisquare with Uranus. Those areas aspects will experience a higher number of overcast and windy days, storms, and cooler temperatures.
Neptune is dominant at 90W (Wisconsin south to Louisiana/Mississippi), where it is conjunct the IC. This is an aspect of abundant precipitation often associated with flooding—and in this case in an area where there are many rivers, including the Mississippi. Periods of warmer temperatures could thus result in snow melt that raises water levels.
Neptune also aspects much of the eastern coastline with its square to the Ascendants in coastal areas from northern Florida to Maine. Periods of heavy precipitaiton are likely.
Mars sesquisquare Jupiter is associated with storms, thunderstorms, and warmer temperatures. This aspect is active from Louisiana/Mississippi northeast to Ohio), where Mars is square the Ascendants. The more southern areas, and possibly even those to the north, could see strong thunderstorms with tornado potential during the season, with the entire area prone to winter storms.
Mars-Jupiter also aspects the central Plains states at the ingress through its opposition/sextile to the Midheaven at 98W (Dakotas/Minnesota south to Texas), so the more southern areas there are also prone to strong thunderstorms in addition to winter storms.
Mars is trine Ascendants from central California to Washington, indicating little drought relief.
Autumn 2016 Weather Forecast
The western half of the continental United States has Cancer on the Midheaven and Capricorn on the IC at the autumn ingress. Both Cancer and Capricorn tend to be cool and wet, which could indicate some help for long-standing drought conditions. Somewhat counteracting that indication, however, is Libra on the ingress Ascendants in these areas. Areas with Libra can be cool, but also dry and sunny.
The remainder of the continental United States has Leo on the ingress Midheavens and Aquarius on the ingress ICs. Leo is associated with higher temperatures and dryness, and Aquarius tends to be cool and dry. However, these same areas have Scorpio, a water sign that often accompanies heavy precipitation, on the Ascendants.
Because the signs on the angles give all of these areas a 50-50 chance for cool, wet weather and warm, dry conditions, it is the ingress planets aspecting the angles that will indicate the dominant weather theme for any specific area. This is true of nearly all seasons as the planetary influences are always stronger than the signs on the angles.
The Saturn-Neptune square continues in effect during the autumn season, indicating the potential for abundant precipitation in some areas, just as Louisiana experienced during the summer months. This planetary square, more than any other planetary configuration, is associated with excessive precipitation over a longer period.
However, the Saturn-Neptune square does not form a major hard aspect with any longitude and/or latitude at the ingress. Without this, the potential for heavy precipitation and flooding is somewhat reduced. But with Venus semisquare/sesquisquare Saturn-Neptune at the ingress, the potential is somewhat elevated.
The strongest Saturn-Neptune placement at the ingress is a sesquisquare from both planets to longitude 100W (Dakotas south to Texas), so these states will see excessive precipitation at some point. Venus is square this longitude, an aspect that indicates heavy precipitation even without the Saturn-Neptune involvement.
Certain areas will see the heaviest precipitation and flooding potential because the ingress Ascendants are also aspected by Saturn, Neptune, and Venus. These aspects also widen the influence of the Midheaven-IC aspects to 90-95W (Wisconsin/Minnesota south to Louisiana/eastern Texas), indicating that states from Texas northeast to Iowa/Wisconsin have the greatest probability of severe weather involving precipitation. It is in these areas that Venus is conjunct the ingress Ascendants and Saturn and Neptune are semisquare/sesquisquare the same angle.
Saturn and Neptune also aspect two other areas—by easy or minor aspect, so their influence will not be as dominant. These areas are 115W (western Montana south to southern California/western Arizona), 80W (Michigan south to Alabama), and the mid-Atlantic states northeast to New England. Eastern areas with Scorpio on the Ascendants are more likely to see the effects of these planetary placements.
Mars and Jupiter
Jupiter, a planet of fair weather and higher temperatures, is square longitude 125W (Washington south to California). This aspect, along with Jupiter’s square to ingress Ascendants from Washington south to northern/central California, indicates that drought relief for this area is unlikely—and it might even worsen. The Jupiter influence is compounded by its conjunction to the ingress Sun, which is square Mars, another planet of dryness and higher temperatures. This three-planet configuration also indicates high potential for fire weather in these states (and strong thunderstorms in others).
Jupiter sextile longitude 94W (Minnesota south to Louisiana) is associated with mild temperatures as well as some periods of dryness. The same will be true of states from Louisiana northeast to Michigan, where Jupiter is semisextile the ingress Ascendants, and at longitude 76W (New York south to Georgia), where Jupiter is semisquare the Midheaven. It’s important to remember, however, that these Jupiter aspects will manifest as only a minor influence.
Mars is trine Uranus at the ingress, an aspect associated with cooler, windy weather and cloudy skies. Drawn into this aspect is Saturn’s sesquisquare with Uranus (cooler temperatures and storms) and Neptune’s semisquare and contraparallel with Neptune (cooler temperatures, cloudy skies, storms).
Areas under this influence are 105W (Dakotas south to western Texas), where Uranus is square this longitude; Ascendants from western Texas to Dakotas/Minnesota), where Uranus is opposition; and 72W (New England south to coastal North Carolina), where Uranus is trine. All of these areas are thus likely to experience at least one major storm during the autumn season, and probably several.
Pluto will be a factor in some locations during the autumn season. This planet of both high and low temperatures, depending upon the season, is also associated with fire weather and major storms. Its greatest influence at the autumn ingress is longitude 110W (Montana south to Arizona/New Mexico). Compounding the trend is Pluto square the Ascendants in the same states. Temperatures will thus be well above normal throughout this region, especially in southern in the more southern states, and there will be increased fire danger. Mercury, which is trine Pluto at the ingress, also aspects these longitudes and latitudes, further increasing the potential for hot, dry wind that will promote the spread of fire. The ingress Mercury-Saturn square is unlikely to provide much relief in this region because both planets, although sextile the Ascendants, make no aspect to the Midheavens.
Weeks to Watch
Many areas in the central and southern eastern third of the country have a high probability for strong thunderstorms and tornado potential during the third week of October.
New Englanders will see abundant precipitation during the last week of October.
The eastern two-thirds of the country will experience temperatures below normal during the first week of November.
Stormy conditions with abundant precipitation are likely during the second week of November in the eastern Plains and states from Michigan to Alabama, and these areas could see more of the same the following week.
The fourth week of November could bring stormy conditions to New England, much of the east coast, and states from Ohio south to Alabama.
The central and eastern plains and states just to the east of there will see abundant precipitation during the first week of December.
Temperatures in the western half of the continental United States will be above average until early November, and the eastern half of the country will experience the same on many days and some weeks from mid-November through mid-December.
Western states (and the western half of the continental United States) will have an increased chance for precipitation from mid-November through the first week of December, after which this trend will shift to the eastern half of the country.
Summer 2016 Weather Forecast
Heat has been a major factor in recent summers, with many areas of the continental United States experiencing above-average temperatures and dryness. Also in recent years, there have been few notable hurricanes and tropical storms. Some states will again see high temperatures this summer, and the Gulf of Mexico states are especially at risk for hurricanes.
The signs on the Midheavens and Ascendants at the ingress offer some insight into weather conditions. Leo on the Midheavens from the west coast to eastern Plains suggest above-average temperatures and limited moisture, while Virgo on the Midheavens in the eastern third of the continental United States indicates dryness and mostly seasonal temperatures.
But many of these areas could see normal or near-normal moisture because Scorpio is on most of the Ascendants. The exceptions are the northwest, where dry Libra is on the Ascendants, and the east coast, where Sagittarius is on the Ascendants. Sagittarius also indicates above-average temperatures. Although the signs on the angles are a good general indication, it is the ingress planets in aspect to the angles that give a clearer indication of the seasonal weather.
Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune form a T-square at the ingress, with Saturn square the opposition of Jupiter and Neptune. Saturn-Neptune is a classic aspect of cooler temperatures, major storms, abundant precipitation, and flooding, and Jupiter expands those conditions. Ingress Mercury aspects all three planets, forming a grand square. These four planets in combination are indicative of hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornados, as well as heavy precipitation and flooding.
The area in the continental United States aspected by all four planets is the 85W longitude (Michigan south to the Gulf of Mexico). Tropical storms and hurricanes could thus strongly impact Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle. Ingress Neptune is opposition the Midheaven (conjunction the IC), Mercury and Saturn are square the Midheaven, and Jupiter is conjunct the Midheaven. This configuration is a major one that isn’t often seen, especially in strong aspect to a specific longitude.
There are many rivers in this part of the country, so areas north of the Gulf have a high potential for flooding as a result of abundant precipitation, some of which could be from a hurricane moving inland and north. The most favorable time for a tropical storm or hurricane in the Gulf is early to mid-September.
Although none of these planets forms a major hard aspect with any other longitude, Saturn is trine 115W (Montana south to Arizona), which could somewhat offset the Leo Midheaven and enhance the Scorpio Ascendant. Neptune is trine the Ascendants from Arizona northeast to the Dakotas, where Saturn is semisextile and Mercury inconjunct the same angle. This indicates a somewhat increased potential for monsoon moisture in Arizona and western New Mexico, as does ingress Venus (moisture) semisquare 110W (Montana south to Arizona).
The same planets form minor aspects to Ascendants from central/northern California to Washington, indicating that the area could experience the effects of heavy precipitation, or even a tropical storm, the week of August 10.
Jupiter trine Pluto is associated with high temperatures and low moisture. At the ingress this aspect contacts Ascendants from central California to Montana, and forms a sextile to the same angle from New Mexico northeast to northern Minnesota. These areas will thus see periods of a higher range of temperature and low moisture.
Excessively high temperatures will occur at times from Montana south to Arizona/New Mexico, where Jupiter (semisextile) and Pluto (inconjunct) aspect longitude 110W. Pluto aspecting Ascendants from Alabama northeast to New York indicates periods of high heat in those states, especially because Sagittarius (heat) is the sign of those ingress Ascendants.
On its own, Pluto (high heat) aspects longitude 95W (Minnesota south to Louisiana) by semisquare, and is trine 80W (Ohio/Pennsylvania south to Florida), so these are other areas that will experience above-average temperatures at times.
The Sun and Venus are conjunct in the ingress chart. This is an aspect of precipitation, warm temperatures, humidity, and variably cloudy skies, all of which are enhanced because the two planets are in Cancer, a water sign.
However, the Sun-Venus conjunction doesn’t have a major presence at the ingress; it makes no major hard aspects. It is semisquare longitude 108W, increasing the already present indication of monsoon moisture, and sextile longitude 95W (Minnesota south to eastern Texas/Louisiana). The latter indicates potential for more seasonal precipitation levels, as well as increased precipitation as a result of Gulf storms.
Ingress Venus is inconjunct Ascendants from Alabama to Ohio/Pennsylvania, but this aspect is unlikely to indicate much moisture because Pluto aspects the same Ascendants, which are all in Sagittarius.
Mars is somewhat of a wild card in the summer forecast. It will turn direct on June 29, at 23 Scorpio, and remain in that sign until early August. As it completes its transit of Scorpio, it will aspect ingress longitudes from 103W to 95W (Dakotas south to Texas) and latitudes from Texas northeast to Wisconsin and western Alabama northeast to Ohio. These areas will experience hot, humid conditions as well as periods of precipitation.
Mars is also often present in planetary thunderstorm configurations, which could be especially severe when Mars aligns with ingress Uranus from Texas northeast to Michigan. Strong thunderstorms with tornado potential could occur during the weeks of June 20, June 27, July 11, August 2, August 18, and August 24, in the above areas as well as southern and southeastern states.
Temperatures on the east coast could set new records when Mars transits Sagittarius (the sign on the ingress Ascendants in this area) from August 2 through much of September. It will also aspect (trine) Midheavens from the west coast to the Plains states. So the highest heat is likely to be later in the season.
Spring 2016 Weather Forecast
Two aspects involving outer planets indicate major weather events this spring. Although Uranus and Pluto are within orb of a square at the spring ingress, this pair, associated with severe weather, most strongly aspects only one area of the continental United States. The ingress chart also features a Jupiter-Saturn square, which is associated with above-average precipitation, storms, and cool, damp weather. Like the Uranus-Pluto square, the influence of Jupiter and Saturn is at its strongest in a single area.
States from Washington to Minnesota (and all states south) have Leo-Aquarius on the Midheaven-IC, so states to the south (Leo) are likely to experience more days with above average temperatures, while the opposite will be true of states to the north (Aquarius). Both signs tend toward dryness, but planetary alignments take precedence. All states to the east of Minnesota south to Louisiana have Virgo-Pisces on the Midheaven-IC. Northern states (Pisces) will see above-average precipitation, and southern states (Virgo) will experience moisture that ranges from average to below. Coastal California, Washington, and Oregon have Cancer-Capricorn on the Midheaven-IC, increasing precipitation potential, along with temperatures ranging from seasonal to below.
Nearly all of the ingress Ascendants are Scorpio, a water sign that indicates average to above precipitation and cooler temperatures. Eastern coastal states have Sagittarius on the Ascendants, so they will tend to be warmer, as will Washington, Oregon, and northern California, where Libra is on the Ascendants.
The three-planet weather powerhouse of Mars, Uranus, and Pluto significantly aspects the spring ingress chart at 90W (Wisconsin south to Louisiana/Mississippi). Uranus and Pluto are square, with Mars in Sagittarius semisquare both. Mars is square 90W, and Uranus and Pluto are sesquisquare that longitude. The square is of course stronger than the sesquisquare, but when these three are aligned at the same ingress location, their power is, if anything, strengthened.
Areas along this longitude and four to five degrees east and west will see what could be an above-average number of severe thunderstorms and tornados, most likely those that are higher on the Enhanced Fujita scale (EF3-EF5). Many of these will have their genesis in the central Plains, where Pluto and Uranus aspect many ingress Ascendants, and in the western Plains, where the two planets aspect the 105W longitude.
The same trio aspects ingress Ascendants in the coastal states from New England south to Florida. These areas, particularly more southern ones, are also prone to severe thunderstorms and tornados.
Jupiter is a fair weather planet; Saturn is the opposite and always involved in major storm systems and low-pressure systems that produce heavy precipitation. However, when these two form a hard aspect (in this case, a square) in an ingress or lunar phase chart, the area aspected can expect cool, damp weather and major storms. Jupiter only amplifies the Saturn effect. (Because these planets represent expansion and contraction, the square often indicates economic recession, as well.)
The Jupiter-Saturn square aspects the 80W longitude (Ohio/Pennsylvania south to Georgia and northern Florida) through a square (Saturn) and a conjunction (Jupiter). All of these states will at times throughout the season see weather associated with this aspect. The greatest impact is likely to be in the southeastern states, where the Mars-Uranus-Pluto configuration aspects the ingress Ascendants.
Most other areas influenced by Mars-Uranus-Pluto will also experience major storms and cool, cloudy conditions because all three planets also aspect Jupiter and Saturn at the ingress. Although the Saturn-Pluto aspect is a more positive semisextile, these two are also in parallel, adding to the already present indication of stormy conditions.
The outer planet configurations are indicative of severe, stormy weather. But not too far behind in severity potential is the ingress Venus-Neptune conjunction. This aspect of heavy precipitation is even more so because it occurs in Pisces, a water sign. Flooding is almost guaranteed in areas strongly aspected by this conjunction, and its influence at the ingress falls on the 85W longitude (Michigan south to Mississippi/Alabama), where it is conjunct the IC. All of these states, which are in between those to the east and west that are strongly aspected by Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto, could thus actually experience the worst of storms coming from the west and east.
The western Plains will also see heavy precipitation at times because the Venus-Neptune conjunction is trine ingress Ascendants from eastern Arizona northeast to the Dakotas; the effect, however, will be minor in comparison to the 85W longitude.
Mercury in Pisces forms no aspects to other planets in the ingress chart. Nevertheless, its aspects to certain locations at the ingress often show the path of storms.
Look for storms that travel out of the western Plains and into the central states, where ingress Mercury aspects Ascendants from New Mexico northeast to the Dakotas and also the 98W longitude (Dakotas south to Texas). Weather is also likely to move through Indiana/Ohio south to Mississippi/Alabama, where Mercury is trine the ingress Ascendants, and in New England, where it is conjunct the IC. The latter area can expect spring temperatures to be below average and conditions to be windy.
The ongoing drought in the western states, particularly California, saw some relief during the winter months, and can expect more this spring.
The ingress Venus-Neptune conjunction aspects the meridian off the west coast, indicating an increased probability of storms arriving from the west. The conjunction also aspects much of the west coast through the Ascendants, from Washington south to northern California, so these areas, also influenced by the meridian aspect, are likely to see heavy precipitation at times, along with high potential for flooding.
Areas east of the above coastal locations (eastern Washington and Oregon south to Idaho, Nevada and southern California) will also see storms and precipitation, although not as much. These parts of the country will benefit from storms indicated by Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in aspect to those longitudes and latitudes. But with Mars trine the 120W longitude and sesquisquare Uranus and semisquare Pluto, conditions will be dry and temperatures above average at times. As much as Mars-Uranus indicates tornados, it’s also associated with heat, and Uranus and Jupiter are associated with high pressure, both of which are common in the interior western states.
Weeks to Watch
Much of the eastern third of the continental United States, especially northern and mid-Atlantic coastal areas, could see a major storm with heavy precipitation at the end of March.
Potential for severe thunderstorms and tornados will increase from the Plains states to the southeast during the first two weeks of April, and some areas could see flooding. During the same time frame, temperatures will be above average in the western states.
Thunderstorm and tornado potential will be high again during the last two weeks of April, especially in the southeastern and Plains states.
Western states, especially coastal areas, could see stormy conditions with abundant precipitation in late April/early May.
Heavy precipitation and flooding is possible during the first two weeks of May in the Plains states, along with tornado potential in the southeastern states that continues to the end of the month. Early May could also bring heavy precipitation to some western coastal areas, primarily California.
Much of the continental United States could experience high temperatures during the first two weeks of June.
Winter 2016 Weather Forecast
The drought-stricken west coast will get some relief this winter, although it’s unlikely to be enough to overcome the multi-year dryness. Nevertheless, it will ease conditions somewhat. The interior western states, where the drought is not so severe, will benefit most from winter precipitation in that region of the country. Other areas in the continental United States will see abundant precipitation, and temperatures will vary from average to above in many states and below average in some. Overall warmer temperatures will prevail in much of the west.
Signs on the Midheaven-IC (longitude) and Ascendant-Descendant (latitude) have some bearing on the seasonal trends, but planetary aspects to the angles are always dominant. The western third of the states has Taurus (temperate, wet) on the Midheaven and Scorpio (cool, wet) on the IC, while the eastern two-thirds of states are influenced by Gemini (dry, cool) and Sagittarius (dry, warm) on the Midheaven-IC. Ascendants-Descendants from Idaho southeast to western New Mexico are Leo (warm, dry)-Aquarius (cold, dry), and the influence in the remainder of the states eastward is Virgo (dry, cool)-Pisces (cool, wet). Although the opposing signs on the Midheaven-IC are indicative of weather along that longitude, the Midheaven sign somewhat favors southern areas and the IC sign favors northern areas.
The Uranus-Pluto square associated with extreme weather that was out of orb at the autumn 2015 ingress is back in effect for winter 2016. However, its influence in the continental United States will be weaker than in previous years and seasons, affecting only one area of states.
At the ingress, both planets are sesquisquare the Ascendants from eastern Idaho/western Montana southeast to New Mexico. This area, part of which is the Rocky Mountains, will thus see significant winter storms—good for winter sports but problematic for transportation.
Compounding the influence is Mercury sesquisquare the same Ascendants and square Uranus, an aspect of storms and cold temperatures. Storms that enter from Canada in the area of Idaho and Montana will travel southeast to western Texas, following the Mercury line and also bring colder temperatures.
Saturn square Neptune stands above other planetary combinations as an indicator of abundant precipitation and major low-pressure systems, along with cooler temperatures. This aspect, which will also be in effect during the upcoming spring season, is dominant this winter in the central and eastern plains states, increasing the potential for spring flooding and for the same during winter thaws.
The Saturn-Neptune square spans the 90-100W longitudes (Dakotas east to Wisconsin and all areas south) at the ingress, with Neptune square the Midheaven and Saturn in opposition. Compounding the storm potential in this area is Neptune opposition and Saturn square Ascendants from eastern Montana to Texas, where Mars is also active and in aspect to these two planets. Their strength is also indicated by ingress Pluto trine Ascendants in the Mississippi River Valley and ingress Uranus sextile the Midheaven in the same area. Although Uranus and Pluto form favorable aspects to these locations, the ingress aspects of Mercury square Uranus and conjunction Pluto, both of which also indicate stormy conditions, give the trine and sextile a negative connotation; this is particularly true because the general area is aspected by the Saturn-Neptune square. The tendency will thus be for major storms throughout this region of the plains states, many of which will form over Minnesota and eastern Montana/western Dakotas.
At the ingress, Venus and Jupiter are sextile, an aspect associated with mostly fair and warm weather, as are two other ingress aspects: Venus semisextile Mars and Mercury sextile Venus. However, Venus is also inconjunct Uranus (cooler weather), and the Mercury-Venus sextile activates the Mercury-Uranus square and Mercury-Pluto conjunction. Areas aspected by Venus will at times experience above-average temperatures, but colder conditions when storms move through. Venus is also associated with warm, moist air, an effect that will be compounded by Jupiter, planet of abundance.
Locations where Venus is prominent, forming a square, conjunction, or opposition to the longitude and/or latitude, can expect above-average moisture. California will benefit from this because Venus is square the ingress Ascendants in much of the state, especially coastal areas. Areas from Idaho south to southern California have an even better chance for much-needed precipitation because ingress Venus is square the 115W longitude. And with Venus in Scorpio and opposition the Moon in Taurus, both signs associated with moisture, these areas will see above-average precipitation at times. This Venus aspect also indicates that storms in the Rocky Mountains (see Uranus-Pluto above) will have the abundant moisture necessary for heavy downfall.
The eastern third of the country has few aspects in the ingress chart. Much of this area has Gemini on the Midheavens and Virgo on the Ascendants, so conditions will tend to be seasonal to below with less than average precipitation.
The exception is Maine and other parts of New England, where Cancer (water sign) is on the Midheavens and Libra (fair, cool, dry) is on the Ascendants. Venus is semisquare the longitude off the coast of Maine. Weather in this part of the east will be more seasonal, both in temperature and precipitation. But this doesn’t mean that eastern areas will be storm-free as there will be weeks when lunar phase charts supersede the seasonal forecast.
Weeks to Watch
Conditions will be stormy with abundant precipitation in the west and northeast in early January as Mercury stations retrograde, along with cold temperatures. There will be abundant precipitation in the plains in mid-January, with stormy conditions moving into parts of the southeast.
Strong thunderstorms with tornado potential are possible in southern areas during the last two weeks of January.
In early February, eastern areas could see a blizzard, as western areas see abundant precipitation, and there could be abundant precipitation in the plains and cold temperatures in the northeast during the last two weeks of February.
The first two to three weeks of March could bring strong thunderstorms in the plains and abundant precipitation in parts of the southeast and west. Flooding potential will be high.
Autumn 2015 Weather Forecast
California could benefit from some drought relief this autumn, but states in the northwest are unlikely to see much moisture. Other western states, where drought is not so severe, will see precipitation ranging from normal to above, as will a major portion of the remainder of the continental United States.
Aries is on the ingress Midheavens (longitude) of the western half of states, and Taurus is on the eastern half. Aries tends toward dryness and warmer temperatures, and Taurus is milder with average to above precipitation. Only the west coast states have Cancer on the ingress Ascendants (latitude), with Leo on the Ascendants in all other areas. Cancer is wet; Leo is warm and dry. Thus to some extent both regions have a balance of elements. Even though the signs on the meridians and horizons can indicate weather trends, the planetary placements are far more important and reliable indicators.
Jupiter Opposition Neptune
This outer planet aspect is notable for heavy precipitation in locations where it aspects a specific longitude and/or latitude in an ingress or lunar phase chart—and even more so when the two are parallel or contraparallel, as they are in this chart. However, its effect during the autumn season will not be as strong as it could be because the aspect forms no squares or oppositions to longitudes or latitudes in the continental United States.
Jupiter-Neptune, also noted for cloudy skies, dampness, and humidity, is trine/sextile the 90W longitude (Wisconsin south to Mississippi). In itself, this aspect indicates occasional heavy precipitation and warmer temperatures at 90W; but because Venus is conjunct the Ascendants (horizon) in the same states (and Alabama), the area will experience above average precipitation and many cloudy days.
Jupiter-Neptune has more precipitation potential at 105W (eastern Montana/western Dakotas south to New Mexico/western Texas) where it is sesquisquare/semisquare the meridian. This area also has a trine from Venus, often indicative of warmer temperatures.
California can hope for the best from the Jupiter-Neptune aspect, which is sesquisquare/semisquare ingress Ascendants from southwestern Oregon through California. Venus, however, only aspects coastal areas from Washington to northern California, so this area has a better chance for precipitation.
Venus is trine Uranus at the ingress, an aspect that indicates cooler weather and clear skies. When activated and in season, this aspect also indicates frost, so the above-mentioned areas that experience this climatology are likely to see an early frost, as are areas in the 80W longitude (Ohio/Pennsylvania/New York south to the Carolinas), where Venus also suggests above average precipitation because of its square to the 80W longitude (Ohio/Pennsylvania and areas south).
Jupiter is also trine Pluto at the ingress. Although this aspect can be associated with dryness, that’s less likely because Neptune is also in the mix. Nevertheless, areas influenced by this aspect will experience some above average temperatures because Neptune tends toward a higher range of temperatures.
Saturn is significant at the ingress because of the number of aspects it forms, two of which are with other outer planets. In addition to its association with cooler, cloudy, wet weather, Saturn is a storm planet.
At the ingress, Saturn is sesquisquare longitude 115W (western Montana south to Arizona) and trine Ascendants in the same area (Idaho southeast to western New Mexico). It’s also trine 125W (off the west coast), and opposition 70W (New England). These areas will thus be more prone to storms and cool, wet weather; storms often follow the Ascendant path as they cross the aspected states. Some storms entering at 115W are likely to be major ones because Pluto is square the Midheaven there, but it also indicates the presence at times of a blocking high pressure that will keep storms in the inland western states.
The Sun is sextile Saturn (partly cloudy skies, frost, and cooler temperatures); Mars is square Saturn (windy conditions, storms); Saturn is sesquisquare Uranus (cooler temperatures, storms); and Saturn is semisquare Pluto (windy conditions, storms). Uranus square the Ascendant off the coast of California could be a plus for storms there.
All of the above aspects are significant, but another, Saturn’s semisquare with Mercury, is especially so because Mercury is retrograde at the ingress. Retrograde Mercury is associated with storms and wind, and in aspect with Saturn indicates cloudy skies, low pressure systems, humid and damp weather, cooler temperatures, and precipitation. Mercury is square Pluto, an aspect of storms, high winds, and hail, so some of the storms that enter at 115W could be severe because Pluto is square that longitude. Mercury is also square Mars—more wind, storms, and thunderstorms with potential for hail; Mars is sesquisquare 115W.
Ingress Mercury and its aspects to other planets, are prominent at 115W, where Mercury is opposition the Midheaven, sextile Ascendants from North Dakota southeast to Louisiana, sesquisquare 70W (New England), and semisquare states from New York southeast to coastal areas of Virginia and North Carolina.
Major storms will enter the continental United States in Montana and travel southeast along the Saturn line; in North Dakota and travel southeast along the Mercury line; and in New York and travel southeast. New England, especially Maine, could experience a particularly stormy, cold, and severe autumn.
Weeks to Watch
In early October the ingress Mercury line (Dakotas southeast to Louisiana) will be activated by transiting Mercury stationing direct. At the same time, it will sesquisquare ingress Ascendants from Indiana/Ohio to South Carolina and the ingress Venus-Uranus aspect from Wisconsin to Mississippi. A storm that forms in the upper Midwest could travel southeastward, affecting many of these states. At the same time, much of the east coast could see heavy precipitation under a Mars-Neptune opposition that’s ideal for tropical weather.
The same Mercury line will be activated the second week of November when the transiting Sun and Mercury will square, and transiting Venus and Mars will semisquare this potential storm path. At the same time, transiting Saturn will sesquisquare the ingress 105W longitude (eastern Montana/western Dakotas south to New Mexico and Texas), where the storm could originate. Ingress Jupiter and Neptune aspect this longitude.
In mid-November, the 115W longitude (Idaho south to Arizona) will be aspected by a transiting Venus opposition and sesquisquares from the transiting Sun and Mercury. This is the ingress longitude aspected by the storm lineup of ingress retrograde Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto.
Transiting Mars will square the 115W longitude in late November/early December, when transiting Mercury and Venus will sesquisquare the ingress Ascendants on the western Saturn line. At the same time, a transiting Sun-Neptune opposition (heavy precipitation) and transiting Mars will aspect the 120W longitude. A storm could thus enter the continental United States in the northwest and move southeast along the Saturn line, through the Rockies and into Arizona/New Mexico.
Summer 2015 Weather Forecast
In comparison with other (even most) seasons, the summer 2015 ingress chart has few planets contacting the meridians (Midheaven) and horizons (Ascendants) in the continental United States. However, there are a few major ingress planetary aspects that indicate significant, and at times severe, weather in certain locations.
Signs on the Angles
The western third of the continental United States has Taurus/Scorpio on the Midheaven/IC, an influence that indicates moderate temperatures and precipitation. This is offset somewhat by Leo on the Ascendants in the same region: heat and dryness. Because the climatology of the western states is generally arid, the Leo influence will prevail more often than will the signs on the Midheaven/IC, as will planetary aspects in certain areas.
Gemini/Sagittarius are on the Midheaven/IC in the eastern two-thirds of the continental United States, with Virgo on the Ascendants. Dryness prevails with all of these signs, and temperatures will range from seasonal to below. Again, though, ingress planetary aspects to certain areas indicate that other conditions will prevail.
The angular signs are a contributing factor in any forecast, but the planetary aspects take priority and are the main influence.
Spring brought heavy rain and flooding to Plains states, as forecast, and this pattern will continue throughout the summer.
Ingress Neptune is conjunct the 92W longitude (Minnesota/Wisconsin south to Louisiana/Mississippi), and opposition Ascendants from North Dakota southeast to Texas/Louisiana. Thus, a broad area of the central/eastern Plains will experience overall above average precipitation and cooler temperatures.
Neptune is sextile the 122W longitude (Washington south to California), but this isn’t the good news that the drought-stricken west coast is looking for. Because of the aspect (sextile) and the Leo Ascendants in this area, Neptune indicates higher temperatures rather than much-needed moisture.
Mercury and Neptune are closely square at the ingress. This is one of the classic aspects for tornados and hurricanes, so the central and eastern Plains, as well as states south of there, will see an above average number of tornados, and indications are strong for a hurricane or tropical storm in the Gulf, most likely in the Houston area. Severe thunderstorms will produce the strongest tornados in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Louisiana.
Saturn and Pluto
Saturn is semisquare Pluto at the ingress, an aspect indicative of wind, stormy conditions, and generally cooler temperatures. Saturn is opposition and Pluto is sesquisquare the Midheaven at 102W (western Dakotas south to Texas). The same aspects occur with the Ascendants from Montana southeast to Arizona, so these areas should benefit from storm precipitation. The locations aspected by Saturn and Pluto are where storms will generate and then move eastward, gaining strength to amplify the Mercury-Neptune influence.
Pluto is often involved in severe, tornado-producing thunderstorms. Its trine to the Ascendants from Minnesota/Wisconsin (where Mercury-Neptune is also prominent) southeast to Alabama thus also targets these areas for severe weather. These areas will also experience high heat at times.
High heat in the western states will continue throughout the summer. In addition to Leo on the Ascendants, ingress Pluto is trine the 118W longitude (Washington/Idaho south to southern California), where Venus, another planet of heat, is square. Although Venus can also be associated with moisture, its placement in Leo tends toward heat and dryness. Venus is conjunct the Ascendants off the coast of California, an indication of El Nino.
Although Saturn is sextile the Ascendants in Maine, Venus is semisquare the Midheavens and Ascendants. New England will see some precipitation, but not much, and temperatures will be above average, a factor also indicated by ingress Mars conjunct the 70W longitude and the Ascendants in the same area.
Jupiter and Uranus
Jupiter and Uranus are trine at the ingress. Depending upon the season, this aspect can indicate high or low temperatures; it is an aspect of maximum high pressure. Because both planets are in fire signs and in trine aspect for the summer season, high temperatures will prevail in the areas it aspects at the ingress.
Drought conditions will worsen this summer in California, where Jupiter is conjunct and Uranus trine the Ascendants; this aspect also covers southwestern Oregon and western Nevada. Mars, a planet of heat and dryness, compounds the situation because it is semisquare the Ascendants in California.
Jupiter is square the 112W longitude, indicating above average temperatures from Montana south to Arizona, but without a strong aspect from Uranus and because of the Saturn-Pluto influence in part of this area, these states won’t experience drought conditions as severe as those in California. There will, however, be periods of excessively high heat, which is also indicated by ingress Mars sextile Ascendants from Montana southeast to Arizona.
The Jupiter-Uranus trine is sextile the 80W longitude (Ohio/Pennsylvania south to Florida) at the ingress. High temperatures and below average precipitation are thus forecast for much of the east coast.
Weeks to Watch
Venus will turn retrograde July 24 at 0 Virgo, where it will square the ingress 101W longitude (Dakotas south to Texas) and sesquisquare Pluto. This combination indicates high temperatures and severe storms. The same week, transiting Mercury will semisquare the ingress Mercury-Neptune square in the same general area and transiting Mars will square Uranus (severe thunderstorm and tornado aspect).
Weeks of excessively high heat will occur as the transiting Sun and Mercury conjunct the western Leo Ascendants beginning the end of July and extending into August. These planets will also square the ingress Taurus/Scorpio meridians. The same weather will dominate later in August and September as Mars transits Leo and Venus slows to turn direct at 14 Leo conjunct the ingress Ascendants in California and square the ingress Midheavens from eastern Washington south to southern California.
Transiting Mercury opposition Neptune the second week of August will trigger the ingress Mercury-Neptune square. At the same time, Jupiter will transition from Leo to Virgo and form a semisquare to Pluto as Saturn returns to its ingress position. This week is a likely one for a hurricane or tropical storm in the Gulf.
Transiting Mercury will trigger major storms the week it turns retrograde (September 17) square Pluto and opposition Uranus.
Winter 2015 Weather Forecast
Winter 2015 will be a study in contrasts: cold and wet, warm and dry—depending upon the region in the continental United States. In general, the western third of the country will experience temperatures ranging from seasonal to above, while the other two-thirds will see just the opposite. Precipitation levels will vary, with the greatest downfall in the Plains states and the east coast.
Although signs on the ingress meridians (Midheaven-IC) across the country offer insight into seasonal conditions, they’re not nearly as revealing as planetary aspects to both the meridian and horizon (Ascendant-Descendant).
States from the west coast through eastern Montana and areas south have Aquarius on the ingress Midheaven and Leo on the ingress IC, along with Gemini-Sagittarius on the Ascendant-Descendant. Overall, these signs tend toward dryness, and Aquarius is associated with cold temperatures; because Aquarius is on the Midheaven, southern areas will experience relatively colder temperatures than will northern areas in the western states. Leo on the IC reflects temperatures ranging from seasonal to above in northern areas.
The rest of the country, with the exception of the northeast (New York, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeast of there), has cool, wet Pisces on the ingress Midheaven with dry, cool Virgo on the IC. Southern areas will thus see more overall precipitation than will northern ones, but when precipitation occurs in northern areas, it will be heavy (see Neptune below). However, Cancer on the Ascendants from the Dakotas southeast to Louisiana and all areas east tend toward moisture. Aries on the Midheaven in the northeast indicates dryness and temperatures ranging from seasonal to above.
The ongoing Uranus-Pluto square that has been associated with severe weather in recent years is back within orb at the ingress. This time, though, Saturn is also in the mix, forming a sesquisquare with Uranus and a semisquare with Pluto. Saturn is associated with storms, overcast skies, below average temperatures, low-pressure systems, heavy precipitation, and extratropical cyclones. When combined with the already stormy Uranus-Pluto square, areas aspected by this trio can expect major, severe storms.
Ingress Saturn is square the meridians from eastern Montana/western Dakotas south to New Mexico/eastern Texas. Uranus and Pluto aspect the same meridians by semisquare, and ingress Venus (precipitation) does the same while also aspecting the three planets. Saturn is also inconjunct Ascendants from eastern Montana/western Dakotas southeast to eastern Texas/western Louisiana, where ingress Mars is also sesquisquare the horizon. Major winter storms will thus enter the continental United States in Montana/Dakotas and travel southeast to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Saturn-Uranus-Pluto configuration, along with Venus, also forms hard aspects to the Ascendants of states from Michigan southeast to Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Georgia. These areas will also see some major storms. And in March, these areas can expect severe thunderstorms with tornados as Mars in Aries transits the ingress positions of Uranus and Pluto.
Although Neptune, the planet associated with heavy precipitation and flooding, makes strong aspects to several locations, it forms only one planetary aspect at the ingress: a sextile to Mercury, which is associated with warmer temperatures and fair to partly cloudy skies. But that does not mean ingress Neptune is benign. There is increased potential for abundant precipitation and flooding when transiting planets aspect ingress Neptune, such as Mars (conjunction in mid-January that is also a tornado signature), Venus (conjunction the end of January/early February), the Sun (end of February), and Mercury (conjunction in mid-March that is also a tornado signature).
However, the ultimate planetary aspect of abundant precipitation and flooding is Saturn square Neptune. This aspect will occur late in the season as transiting Saturn advances to station retrograde in mid-March while forming a square to ingress Neptune. Many of those areas where Neptune is prominent at the ingress will thus experience heavy precipitation and flooding.The area hardest hit by Saturn-Neptune weather will be states from the Dakotas south to Texas, where Neptune is conjunct the ingress Midheaven. These states are just east of the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto configuration mentioned above, and where ingress Mars and Saturn aspect ingress Ascendants in the Plains. The heaviest precipitation will thus be in the central Plains and many areas in the Plains states will see flooding. Heavy precipitation and flooding potential will also occur from the Dakotas southeast to Alabama, where ingress Neptune is trine and ingress Mercury is opposition the ingress Ascendants; these areas also have increased tornado potential.
Ingress Neptune is also sesquisquare eastern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and nearby states, so these areas will see above average precipitation.
Western states will be primarily dry with temperatures ranging from seasonal to above. However, ingress Neptune is square Ascendants from northern California southeast to southern California along the California-Nevada border. Moisture will travel along this line, bringing some precipitation to inland areas but not much along the California coast.
Higher temperatures and dryness are indicated from Washington south to southern California by ingress Mars conjunct the 120W meridian. (Track transiting Mars as it advances during the season to conjunct the ingress Midheavens across the continental United States. It will trigger warmer temperatures and thawing, as well as major storms and high winds, depending on the location.)
Some storms will travel from eastern Washington southeast to eastern Arizona, because there are several planets aspecting the ingress Ascendants there: Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto. However, without major aspects to the meridian, except for fair weather Jupiter opposition the Midheaven from central Montana south to Arizona, this area won’t benefit much from the planets aspecting the horizon.
One of the best opportunities for precipitation will occur around January 10, when a transiting Mercury-Venus conjunction will be conjunct the ingress Midheaven in western Washington, and again the third week of January, when transiting Mercury will station retrograde conjunct the ingress Midheaven from Idaho south to southern California.
Autumn 2014 Weather Forecast
The autumn ingress chart has few planetary contacts within a four-degree orb. This indicates that this season’s weather will be the closest to “normal” seen in recent years. Two other factors indicate the same: the Uranus-Pluto square is temporarily out of orb and there are no significant aspects between outer planets.
However, several planetary placements aspecting specific longitudes and latitudes increase the potential for notable and severe weather events in certain locations. Capricorn and Aquarius on the Midheaven (longitude) across the continental United States indicate a tendency toward cooler weather, but planets and planetary aspects take precedence.
Jupiter is involved in three aspects: semisquare Sun, trine Uranus, and inconjunct Pluto. All of these aspects, like Jupiter, tend toward mild and dry weather, although the trine with Uranus can indicate cooler temperatures in some locations, depending upon other planetary aspects and climatology. However, Jupiter is also often involved in stormy conditions, amplifying the effect of hard aspects.
California, already in a severe drought, is unlikely to get much relief this season because Jupiter is trine the ingress Ascendants throughout the state and north to Washington. Uranus is square the same Ascendants, compounding the tendency for dry weather.
Jupiter is square Ascendants in the central Plains states from the western Dakotas/eastern Montana to southeast Texas, but this region will see more precipitation because of aspects involving Saturn and Neptune.
To the east, Jupiter is square and Uranus is sextile the longitude of states from Michigan south to Alabama. However, aspects involving other planets aspecting this area will somewhat mitigate the tendency for dryness.
Cooler weather, frost, and partly cloudy skies are indicated by the ingress Venus-Saturn sextile, which aspects several locations. Saturn is square and Venus is inconjunct the longitude of states from eastern Ohio/western Pennsylvania south to the Carolinas and southern Florida. Temperatures thus will be cooler in these areas, many of which also have Mercury sesquisquare the Ascendants (cooler). The Saturn-Midheaven square, when activated by transiting planets or a lunar phase, indicates stormy conditions. These areas could see a succession of storms in November as the Sun, Venus, and Mercury form conjunctions with ingress Saturn.
The central Plains, where ingress Saturn is opposition Ascendants from the Dakotas south to eastern Texas/western Arkansas/Louisiana, will also see storms in November. However, unless the lunar phase charts indicate otherwise, storms will be less severe. Overall, the presence of Saturn in the central Plains indicates more cloudy days and cooler temperatures.
Ingress Saturn is semisquare West Coast longitudes and sesquisquare Ascendants off the coast of northern California. This drought-stricken area may see a little rain, but not nearly enough to reverse the trend because other planetary aspects outweigh those of Saturn.
Venus square the Ascendants in New England indicates average precipitation.
Mars and Neptune are in square aspect at the ingress. On its own, Mars reflects heat and dryness, while Neptune is associated with precipitation, humidity, and clouds. This aspect is often active when thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes occur.
Ingress Mars is trine longitudes off the West Coast, which could be in indication of El Nino, but also warm, dry air; at that location Neptune forms only a semisextile, so the Mars influence is much stronger. To the east, Mars-Neptune is sesquisquare/semisquare Ascendants from Idaho south to southeastern California/western Arizona, so these areas will see some precipitation.
The Mars-Neptune square aspects Ascendants from eastern Montana/western Dakotas southeast to eastern Texas, which is the same area aspected by Venus trine the Midheaven and Ascendants, and Saturn opposition the Ascendants. Mars-Neptune thus compounds the potential for major storms traveling southeast from Canada, particularly from late October through early November.
A similar, although stronger, pattern will be seen in states from Michigan southeast to South Carolina/Georgia and southern Florida, where Mars is opposition and Neptune is square the Ascendants. Again, this area is the one most prone to major storm systems.
Pluto is associated with storms, wind, and extreme heat or cold, depending upon the season.
Its influence in California, where it’s square the ingress Ascendants, reflects dryness and continuing severe drought, as does the Jupiter-Pluto inconjunct. Areas to the east (Idaho south to southeastern California/western Arizona) will experience some of the same because Pluto is conjunct these longitudes. Although this region will tend toward above average temperatures, some precipitation is likely because of Mars-Neptune.
Pluto’s sesquisquare to Ascendants from the eastern Dakotas/western Minnesota southeast to Mississippi/Alabama, in combination with Uranus semisquare Ascendants to the east (Minnesota southeast to Florida) indicates a temperature range below average. These areas will see storms and the coldest temperatures later in the season when the Uranus-Pluto will again be within orb. Transiting Mars will trigger these planets in mid-November.