The Snow Deficit of December 2011 ~ NASA EO

Mammoth Mountain - ski resort area in summer

In the recent article Diagnosing the Snow Deficit of December NASA reports on anomalous weather conditions in the Continental USA that warrant our attention.

“The Mammoth Mountain ski resort in the Sierras of California got more than 200 inches of snow last December,” said NASA climatologist Bill Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This December they got less than 10 inches.”

Diagnosing the Snow Deficit of December – NASA Earth Observatory February 8, 2012

According to NASA, December weather in the Continental United States has been somewhat of an issue for the last six years. I live in Southern California and have a sister who lives in Bishop, a small Northern California town that is economically dependent upon weather conditions at Mammoth during ski season. Hence, I can confirm first-hand that weather has been abnormal from one end of California to the other for at least six years, maybe longer.

What makes the instant NASA report of particular interest to Astronomologer readers is that December is the month in which the Sun transits Constellation Ophiuchus.

As you may remember, the 13th Zodiac Constellation was officially introduced into Mainstream Consciousness in mid-January 2011 when a statement made by an Astronomer in Minnesota USA about Ophiuchus being the 13th Zodiac Sign was picked up by mass media. The story was run in newsprint and broadcast worldwide over all the major cable and television networks. Ophiuchus became the top trending search topic on the Internet overnight.

Repeated key appearances of Ophiuchus and the Serpent at significant Astronomical and Astrological events all year long accumulated to make 2011 an historic year Astrologically. The 2011 December transit of the Sun through Constellation Ophiuchus did not disappoint. It proved to be energetically potent all the way up to the first day of the Chinese New Year 2012.

Check our Archives for relevant articles if you’re interested in the details.

And now thanks to NASA we can add to our 2011 recap of Ophiuchus-related Earth and Sky events the statistics provided in the Snow Deficit of December article quoted below.

If the article bores you stay with it anyway. It gets most interesting towards the end of it. Following the article is an Astronomology View of what the December 2011 weather phenomenon may suggest in terms of the physical plane effects of cosmic cause.

Diagnosing the Snow Deficit of December

February 8, 2012

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From NASA Earth Observatory

December 2011 was one of the driest Decembers on record in the continental United States—particularly short on snowfall—and also among the warmest. Several large-scale weather and climate patterns are likely to blame for an unusual jet stream and the unseasonal weather.

The top map shows December precipitation across the lower 48 United States as a percentage of normal for the month. The map is based on measurements compiled by the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. Shades of brown show rain and snow levels below normal, with blues indicating above-average precipitation. Much of the Pacific Coast, the Rockies, and Southeast were extremely dry. Even in areas that were wetter than normal, most precipitation was rain instead of snow.

The middle graph depicts an index of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) for every December since 1950. The lower graph shows an index of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) for the same period. A third piece of the puzzle—La Niña—is shown here.

The North Atlantic Oscillation is the dominant winter weather driver for eastern North America and Europe. The NAO is a ratio of shifting high and low atmospheric pressure. When NAO is strongly positive, atmospheric pressure is higher in the subtropical Atlantic (around the Azores) and lower in the North Atlantic (near Iceland). The result is usually cold and dry weather in northern Canada and Greenland, with warm and wetter weather in the Northeastern U.S.

Likewise, the Arctic Oscillation is a fluctuation of pressure systems around the Arctic Circle. When air pressure near the North Pole is high and the AO is positive, strong winds trap cold air at high latitudes. When the pressure weakens and AO turns negative, cold weather systems leak out of the polar regions and bring blasts of winter to the middle latitudes of North America.

Both the NAO and AO indices were extremely positive in December 2011. (According to blogger and meteorologist Jeff Masters, the NAO actually set a record of +2.52 in December.) The NAO and AO patterns influenced the intensity and track of storm systems, mostly by driving the jet stream northward for most of the month. At the same time, La Niña ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns continued in the Pacific Ocean, pushing the jet stream further away from the continental U.S.

The result was a steady stream of southwesterly winds and very few bursts of Arctic weather descending to mid-latitudes. The more tangible result was a lack of snow around the country, a complete turnaround from last year.

“The Mammoth Mountain ski resort in the Sierras of California got more than 200 inches of snow last December,” said NASA climatologist Bill Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This December they got less than 10 inches.”

Masters adds: “This winter’s remarkable AO/NAO pattern stands in stark contrast to what occurred the previous two winters, when we had the most extreme December jet stream patterns on record in the opposite direction (a strongly negative AO/NAO). The December Arctic Oscillation index has fluctuated wildly over the past six years, with the two most extreme positive and two most extreme negative values on record. Unfortunately, we don’t understand why the AO varies so much from winter to winter, nor why the AO has taken on such extreme configurations during four of the past six winters.”


Images by Hunter Allen (NOAA) and Robert Simmon (NASA), based on data from the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (map) and National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center (graphs). Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

The Earth Observatory is part of the EOS Project Science Office located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Water Dragon-photo (c) by Mykal Hall

The Astronomology View

The Snow Deficit of December article states:

… “This winter’s remarkable AO/NAO pattern stands in stark contrast to what occurred the previous two winters, when we had the most extreme December jet stream patterns on record in the opposite direction (a strongly negative AO/NAO). The December Arctic Oscillation index has fluctuated wildly over the past six years, with the two most extreme positive and two most extreme negative values on record. Unfortunately, we don’t understand why the AO varies so much from winter to winter, nor why the AO has taken on such extreme configurations during four of the past six winters.”

Stitching NASA’s meteorological body language clues together with the bits and pieces of cosmic and spaceweather information we’ve already collected about December 2011 makes interesting reading.

The issue

The issue is unpredictable weather patterns affecting December rainfall over the last 6 years with the most severe symptom occurring in December 2011.

Location (Northern California, Continental USA) is a sub-topic that modifies the main message to complete the sentence.

The question

On January 23 we rang in the 2012 Chinese Year of the Water Dragon. Is it possible that the Astrological grids of East and West were working co-creatively on a specific 2012 Water Dragon Agenda Item?

The elemental metaphors – it’s the water

The Sun virtually transits Constellation Ophiuchus throughout the entire month of December even though the Sun crosses into Sagittarius on or around December 18-19. The Sun while in early degrees of Constellation Sagittarius it is still under the heavy influence of the Ophiuchus-Serpens Cauda sector of the Zodiac Belt which includes Hercules, Lyra and Draco to the North – Scorpius and Ara the Altar to the South1. Therefore it is reasonable to infer that the sentient cosmic energy layers interacting with each other during the end of calendar year 2011 were engaged in some sort of spiritual alchemy possibly having to do with the Chinese New Year of the Water Dragon, a process in which Ophiuchus was intimately involved.

For details, see

In that article we threw the term Cosmic Hieros Gamos out for consideration but we didn’t go into detail about it. Cursory research into HG as an operation of mystical chemical alchemy turns up the following tidbit:

Figure 1 shows a fountain fitted with three spigots.  The waters are the key to unlocking the meaning of this image, for the text explains that the waters flowing from each are really a single water –‘of which and with which our magistery is effected.’  The three waters evoke a hierogamy described in the Enuma Eliş, a Mesopotamian creation myth from around 1900 b.c.e., which relates how the primordial waters of Tiamat, ‘she who bore them all,’ and Apsu, ‘their begetter . . . commingle as a single body,’ and thus become the sole matrix from which everything emerges. The verse accompanying the figure heightens the correspondence between the alchemical fountain and the hierogamy that produced all life:  ‘We (waters) are the metal’s first nature and only source; the highest tincture of the Art is made through us.’

The Hierosgamos Theme in the Images of the Rosarium Philosophorum by Karen-Claire Voss (undated)

Look no further for water’s opposite element or a drying or evaporative agent than the activity of the Solar Star throughout the month of December 2011.

For details, see

Throughout the ‘month of Ophiuchus’ the Sun spewed huge swatches of Solar Plasma out into the solar system and often directed towards Earth. Solar Fire bursts and geomagnetic storms coincided with the transits of key planets and asteroids past sensitized pulse points located along the Zodiac Belt in Constellation Ophiuchus. Auroras danced in the Ethers of the Arctic Circle and sometimes even uncharacteristically farther south than that.

Draco the Zodiac Dragon, by the way, lies curled around three-quarters of the North Pole inside the Arctic Circle on the Continental North America side of the planet.

Since the whole idea of Ascension and the New Age involves radical changes to the physical plane, it stands to reason therefore that cosmic causation producing physical plane effects are only to be expected.

If not, then by what other means do we perceive help from Above is being received as we become Fourth and Fifth Dimensional and begin to be able to see with the blinders removed from our eyes?

Elementally, Scorpio the Zodiac Sign is Fixed Water. Revitalized and standing clear of the waters of death as represented by the aforesaid scorpion, Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder now brings the 5th Element Ether to the Zodiac Circle, fulfilling one of many prophecies in line to be realized in the New Age.

Ophiuchus & the elements – ether

Simply put, in Western Astrology the element Ether is Spirit, the source of all Four Elements2.

To facilitate celestial system changes being cosmically expressed into activity at the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, the International Astronomical Union – a collective agency advancing the New Earth’s Cosmic Design, separated Constellation Ophiuchus from Constellation Scorpius in 1930.

IAU rulings should be accepted and honored. Astronomy is Astrology’s life partner. By what form of arrogance do we decide who is and who is not carrying out their part of the Plan and who needs to “get spiritual” before their works can be considered enlightened? This is a time when we all need to let go and Trust the Process. How else are hard changes going to be made when emotional attachments and spiritual pride are clouding the lenses and hampering the ability of thinkers on all sides of a question to see clearly?

The utility of the December weather report centering on the USA

Diagnosing the Snow Deficit of December — that’s a curious title to be giving an article about the weather, don’t you think? It makes NASA sound like they think the planet needs a doctor.

What metaphor or allegory can we apply to give us insight into what this symptom centered in the Continental USA may be telling us?

For better or worse it is apparent that mass consciousness on the planet is harboring the belief that the USA is at the root of all the troubles of the world.

The fact that the USA is in the cross-hairs of consciousness as the new Global Society struggles to enter the New Age all in one piece and catastrophe-free makes it the obvious place for the Divine Physician to bring aggressive treatment.

Has this always been part of the Plan?

According to my information unforeseen events in the USA’s past took it off course. Whether or not that is true, it is clear the Scorpion-Eagle Prophesy will probably not be able to complete itself without help. There is a struggle going on between the two animal powers of this Nation, the “Great Spirit” Eagle totem inherited from the Native North American indigenous peoples who suffered genocide at the hands of the white man and the Scorpion Rising on the USA’s Astrology birth chart, representing the USA’s well earned personality path.

Here is the metaphysical problem that it’s going to take a modern miracle to resolve:

The Scorpion is a Fixed sign. That means it is virtually immovable.

In Astrology terms the Fixed Signs embody the Kerubs, the main repositories for the Four Elements, and marking the Four Corners, Pillars or Towers of the sensible Universe. What we’re effectively facing in this Country as we view the vista laid out before us is The Kobayashi Maru — a no-win situation.

  • The Kobayashi Maru is a test in the fictional universe of Star Trek. It is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets in the command track at Starfleet Academy. The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, or a solution that involves redefining the problem.

An insertion point for the solution to the no-win situation was written into the Plan by the Creative Hierarchy and then disguised and concealed.

Quoting from H.P. Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled, the “abridged” version:

PART TWO: RELIGION, Chapter 23 The Vedas and the Bible

p. 218

Nearly all the prophecies about Christ are credited to the patriarchs and prophets. If a few of the latter may have existed as real personages, every one of the former is a myth. We will endeavor to prove it by the hidden interpretation of the zodiac and the relations of its signs to these antediluvian men.

* * *

p. 219

This stupendous conception [the true nature (according to HPB and her resources) of creation and the cycles of expansion and contraction] the ancients synthesized for the instruction of the common people into a single pictorial design–the zodiac, or celestial belt. Instead of the twelve signs now used, there were originally but ten known to the general public, viz.: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo-Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, and Pisces. These were exoteric. But in addition there were two mystical signs inserted, which none but initiates comprehended, viz.: at the middle or junction point where Libra now stands at the sign now called Scorpio, which follows Virgo. When it was found necessary to make them exoteric, these two secret signs were added under their present appellations as blinds, to conceal the true names which gave the key to the whole secret of creation and divulged the origin of “good and evil.

And so as the unexpected 13th Zodiac Constellation, released by the IAU from the body of the Scorpion, materializes before our very eyes bearing a crowned Serpent of Wisdom and ready to dispense healing and wisdom energy to Humanity and the Planet, what we see is that the rules of the game have been changed. But not everyone who should be is happy about it.

Notwithstanding the protestations of old style Astrologers who stand firm against the idea of factoring a new sign into the old zodiac belt, the evolved Esoteric birth figure of the USA reveals itself to feature Ophiuchus Rising.

Regardless of how many channels are being purposely self-blocked, clearly Constellation Ophiuchus has not only acted as a mediating factor in the empowerment of the 2012 Chinese Water Dragon, but it has leveraged itself into position to bring healing and wisdom to the USA and by extension to the planet.

How so?

Keeping a weather-eye on the horizon

In the process of making their way through Constellation Ophiuchus in 2011 all transiting planets and asteroids also crossed the North Lunar Node.

Lunar nodes are the points at which the orbit of the Moon crosses the Ecliptic Plane. The Ecliptic Plane is another name for the Zodiac Belt. It is the orbital path of the Earth around the Sun as viewed from the Earth.

Eclipses occur only near the lunar nodes: Solar eclipses occur when the passage of the Moon through a node coincides with the new moon; lunar eclipses occur when passage coincides with the full moon.

The ascending node is where the moon crosses to the north of the ecliptic. The descending node is where it crosses to the south. The South Lunar Node is currently in Constellation Taurus, the zodiac sign of Money and the Working Class — people whose homes and jobs are either gone or on the line.

Taurus is also a Fixed sign, a Kerub, one of the Four Corners, Pillars or Towers of the Known Universe. It is also the sign directly opposite Constellation Ophiuchus — which would also be Fixed if it were not Etheric.

These may be the touchiest subjects on the planet right now as citizens the world over gather and demonstrate in the streets carrying Occupy Wall Street banners or their equivalent and the Dark Side does not want its Towers toppled.

Think about it.

On May 20-21, 2012 a Solar Eclipse will occur in Constellation Taurus.

This eclipse will not only be the first solar eclipse of 2012, it will be the first Annular eclipse to be seen from the United States in 18 years and the first one to be visible from earth in more than 2 years.

The Eclipse Path starts out in Japan, crosses the Pacific Ocean, makes land in Northern California, and finally disappears somewhere in the American Southwest.

To Be Continued in May when I write about the Annular Eclipse …

In conclusion

I think probably under the circumstances we may be getting a glimpse of what lies ahead. All we need to do is read the cosmic body language.

Indications are a dry December ruining rich people’s ski seasons at Mammoth is the least of the economics problems the USA is going to be working through in 2012 and beyond.

The form of the future is in the hands of those who are willing to work for it. There is better work one could be doing than reporting to an office or a job site and selling one’s breath or worse yet, one’s soul, for somebody else to boss around. We are destined for greatness. This greatness requires the development of our Minds and Souls. Pumping Spiritual Iron is what I call it. And that is the work that is key to success in your future — not bringing home a paycheck. That kind of expedience does not pay dividends. It uses you up and throws you away when it’s done.

As for me, I live in Sunny Southern California; I’m not rich but I’m living my dream and this is it. Today I’m enjoying spring-like winter weather. I’ve got my doors and windows wide open right now and it’s February 17th. By all rights it should be wet and in the 40’s and 50’s here (yes, that’s “cold” to us here in the Southwest). But it’s not cold and wet here this year.

We don’t have groundhogs here in San Diego to tell us how many weeks of wetsuit weather the surfers have left to bear. Our weather gurus are the flocks of Mexican Parrots that fly north to San Diego in the spring to avoid the Mexican heat of summer.

And guess what? They made their first appearance here two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago!

That Arctic Door can stay closed as far as I’m concerned. Sue me.


  1. Although the Sun crosses the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius boundary on or around December 18-19, the Equatorial Coordinates of Alpha and Beta Ophiuchus and Eta Serpentis will keep planetary bodies transiting early degrees of Sagittarius under considerable influence of Constellations Ophiuchus and Serpens even as they cross the Plane of the Milky Way Galaxy.
  2. “Akasa means the sky, the space, the one without a body. It is also used to refer to the fifth element, the other four beikng the earth, air, water and fire. It is the stuff of which gods and celestial beings are made. It is also the stuff of the soul. It is immortal, indivisible, infinite and indestructible. It is the finest and subtlest of all the elements. The earth, water, air and fire may be affected by other elements when thney come into contact with each otgher. But akasa is the purest of them all. It is beyond the grasp of the senses and untainted by other elements. Ether acts as the medium through which sound travels. It is the medium through which we can communicate with gods using sound vibrations caused by the chanting of the mantras of sacred syllables.” Info source: Akasa, Ether or The Sky and the Fifth Element at

About Donna Provancher

I initiated my mysticism & occult path with a course in Astrology from the Rosicrucian Fellowship in 1970. In 1987 as I was preparing to become a professional Astrologer I bought a sky atlas for fun and found constellation Ophiuchus walking along the zodiac belt. I was shocked. I've dedicated myself to evolving Astrology for the New Age ever since then. Let those with the ears to hear, hear. Take what resonates. Leave the rest.