Pat Shingleton: It Happened Again
Saturday's column reviewed the successful prediction of Stephen Saxby on October 4, 1869. It was called "Saxby's Gale" and was based on the position of the moon relative to the Earth. Storm season is underway for the Canadian Maritimes and coastal sections of the northeast. Storms are predicted by the climatology of the region, Saxby's scenario repeated in October 2002 as the Earth and the moon were in a similar configuration with Hurricane Lili. A similar alignment occurred on March 8, 1993. It was titled the East coast "Superstorm" and killed hundreds, produced widespread snowfall and logged record low pressure readings. The system went from the Florida Panhandle through central Massachusetts into Maine in 24 hours.