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review 2020-04-23 13:19
Predicting Weather Events with Astrology
Predicting Weather Events with Astrology - Kris Brandt Riske

by Kris Brandt Riske MA

 

I'll admit that I approached this book with some healthy scepticism. I'm interested in astrology and we all know the sun and especially the moon have gravitational effects that affect the weather, but predicting weather through astrology? I decided to see what the author had to say.

 

The book begins with a few words about weather prediction in general and the limitations that meteorologists face in predicting events beyond the scope of a few days. She then goes on to claim that Astrometeorology can predict long range weather trends and which planets affect different aspects of the weather.

 

Some of the astrological jargon gets a little hard to keep up with at this point, but it's only the introduction so I press on to chapter one.

 

Chapter one launches right into technical information about what charts are to be cast for a location in order to predict the weather. This part will be easier for those already familiar with astrological chart calculations. The different purposes of solar and lunar charts are fully explained, though I had to look up what an ingress chart is. The significance of transiting aspects is also explained clearly.

 

In further chapters we learn about interpreting planetary positions and aspects and combinations of astro data. Many examples are given of retrospective national & local predictions and what astrological influences were in place at the time.

 

I have to admit that much of it is over my head, but for a practicing astrologer it should make perfect sense. I'm not going to make a judgement whether I believe that weather can be predicted with Astrology, but will rate the book highly for being clearly written and explaining the process in detail.

 

Do planets effect the movements of wind as they do the tides of the oceans? I will be taking note of planetary positions during future significant weather conditions. The fact that we've been having an unusually hot Summer as I read this book, just when Mars is conjunct the Sun, hasn't escaped my notice.


Most of the examples of notable weather phenomena in recent years and the planetary influences are US based, but still make good examples for readers in other countries. They include conditions during the drought in the 1930s that turned Oklahoma into a dust bowl and long range weather patterns are figured in.

 

There are quite a lot of examples of droughts, floods and extreme temperatures in the past and the planetary positions that indicate the potential of these conditions. There are a couple of near future weather predictions that a reader could observe within a few years of buying the book, but I would have liked to have seen more of these and will have to wait until 2018-9 to see if they pan out.

 

Example forecasts are gives and step by step instructions for how to chart predictions. I'm not sure my limited astrological knowledge is enough to make best use of the information, but I would be very interested to see if an experienced astrologer could make accurate predictions based on the information.

 

Overall an interesting and well laid out book that is as clear as a book that must include technical information could possibly be.

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review 2020-02-07 20:23
Weather by Jenny Offill
Weather - Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill's second novel is written in a similar piecework style, stringing vignettes and observations together and creating a narrative that is unsettling and familiar.

 

Lizzie is a librarian at a University and used to mentally diagnosing her patrons, observing their trajectories from behind the information desk. She is married with one son who is in early grades at school. Her brother is a recovering narcotics addict and she spends a lot of time with him to help him stay on track.

 

One day an old mentor approaches Lizzie and asks for help answering e-mails for her popular climate-change podcast. As Lizzie gets more absorbed in the podcast and the fearful inquiries from its listeners, she feels her own life drifting off-course.

 

Lizzie responds to scared parents, anxious preppers, and her own family's troubles with equal amounts of wit and concern. This was really good, and could almost be read in one sitting. At times it was funny, but mostly its an honest look at some of the real fears inspired by climate change and the inevitable disaster on the horizon. 

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review 2020-01-15 23:21
We Are the Weather / Jonathan Safran Foer
We Are the Weather - Jonathan Safran Foer

Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.

 

This is not a bad book--it is just not what I thought I was getting. I heard the author interviewed on CBC radio, which prompted me to put a hold on it at the public library and I had to wait for quite a while to get a hold of it. I hadn’t realized that it was mostly a memoir, detailing the author’s struggle to adhere to his own beliefs about what he could personally do about climate change.

I struggle with knowing what I can do about such a huge issue and I was hoping for advice. Most recommendations are either nebulous or on a higher level (i.e. governmental) than I am capable of influencing. This sounded like it had practical strategies.

I don’t disagree with the author, I will try to reduce my dietary impact on the environment. I just felt that he had already covered this in a previous book and that the contents of this book could have been expressed in an essay, rather than an entire hardcover book.

My disappointment is my own and your experience of the book may be entirely different. In fact, I hope your experience is entirely different.

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text 2019-11-12 02:56
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url 2019-09-26 11:12
Data Science for Weather Prediction - The Prerequisite to all Natural Disasters - DataFlair

Check out the role of Data Science for weather prediction & the major processes involved in it with the benefits of weather forecasting. Must for data science aspirants.

Source: data-flair.training/blogs/data-science-for-weather-prediction
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