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    Re: Equinoctial storms
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2011 Sep 18, 18:40 -0700

    The New York Times was certainly a lot more fun back in those days when it was still a local paper. I enjoyed the author's excuse that sometimes the equinoctial storm might be 3 or 4 or even 5 months after the equinox. Now there's the best kind of theory: a theory that can never be wrong. Of course there are indeed frequent storms relatively near the autumnal equinox on the Atlantic coast of the US since that is close to the peak for land-falling tropical cyclones. It's a coincidence that helped reinforce the old legend.

    Lasting into the 19th century there was also a belief that the change of the Moon (Full or New) was associated with storms and changes in the weather. Even Bligh on the Bounty in 1788 proposed to wait for the change of the Moon after they had been beaten back by gales near Cape Horn.

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