Astro-meteorology is the practice of making long-range weather forecasts based on the ancient rules of astrology. One of the 20th centuries foremost astro-meteorologists was G.J. McCormack, known as the weather prophet of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Back in the 60s when John Campbell was editor of Analog (Science Fiction-Science Fact) magazine, G.J. McCormack participated in an experiment with Analog to see if weather patterns could be predicted on a long-range basis for six consecutive months. McCormack provided long-range forecasts based on astro-meteorological techniques. The United States Weather Bureau’s Long-Range Weather Outlooks were published for the same forecast period along with McCormack’s forecasts. A third random type of forecast was also generated by a spin-the-wheel type of apparatus, which at times resulted in bizarre forecasts of blizzards in mid-July etc.
When all was said and done and the three sets of forecasts were compared with the actual weather patterns experienced, McCormack’s astro-meteorological forecasts were consistently rated 94 percent accurate. The random forecasts were rated 17 percent higher than the Weather Bureau’s Long-Range Weather Outlooks.
A small group of astro-meteorologists exists today and carries on McCormack’s work. Based on his method, I routinely post long-range forecasts and their results to test the premises of this ancient forecast technique. As we draw closer to the beginning of this year’s hurricane season, I’ve posted a number of long-range forecasts that pinpoint the times and places when tropical systems may affect the United States.