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    Re: Equinoctial storms
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2011 Sep 19, 18:10 -0400

    In my subjective experience, the strongest non-hurricane/non-tornado winds of 
    the year on land in the eastern U.S. come in March.  Those are equinoctial 
    winds.
    
    Fred Hebard
    
    On Sep 18, 2011, at 9:40 PM, Frank Reed wrote:
    
    > 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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