California Weather in Winter: Long Term Weather Forecast
February 2, 2008 by Nina Gryphon
California weather in winter is usually mild, and more or less rainy. The main question when doing long-term weather forecasts for California winters is how much rain will there be. So far this year, we have had several major storms, which caused flooding and widespread damage. The extra rain was a relief, since last winter was very dry, and California was starting to run out of water. For a major agricultural state (California is the world’s fifth largest food/agricultural supplier), this is a problem.
I wish I had been posting on my blog around the start of winter, because the seasonal chart (the Capricorn ingress of the Sun) promised wet, stormy, violent weather in California But, from an astrological perspective, all is not lost. The rest of the season promises to be just as rainy as the start, particularly the last month. Below is a horoscope set for San Francisco, California, for the astronomical start of winter.
Note the Moon-Saturn square close to the angles. Despite Saturn being a dry planet in a dry sign, the Moon’s moisture adds a strong testimony of rainy weather. Mars’s aspect to Saturn gives all this rain a violent and over-the-top character (Mars is in the watery sign Cancer). Since Mars is involved, all of the planets aspecting it (Mercury, Jupiter, and the Sun) must also get involved. Mercury brings winds, the Sun and Jupiter promise more rain and thunderstorms. The only planet that deigns not to get involved is Venus.
Below is a chart for December 30, which preceded the worst storm northern California had in five years (on January 4, 2008). Note the close activation of the ingress planets and angles by the lunation angles, and by the opposition between Mars and Jupiter, with a very moist Moon contacting all of the angles also.
We will see a milder reprise of some of this intense weather during the last month of winter, when the Sun is in Pisces. The Pisces ingress horoscope Saturn is conjunct the ascendant of the Capricorn ingress, and this chart also shows very wet and windy weather, as evidenced by the Moon and Mercury contact. Without Mars and Saturn directly involved, I don’t think it will be as dangerously stormy as at the start of winter, but I certainly would not break out the sunbathing gear yet!