A portentous event, dubbed the Supermoon, occurs on Nov. 14.
This type of event only occurs about every 60 years — the last one occurred on Jan. 26, 1948, and the next will be on Nov. 25, 3034, so don’t miss it!
The moon, at full phase, will seem larger than you’ve ever seen it. The moon circles Earth in an ellipse, or a flattened circle.
Every month, it comes closer to Earth at one point and farther away at another point in its orbit, termed apogee and perigee.
This event will cause the highest tides ever seen. The tides are controlled by the position of the sun and moon in relation to Earth.
When they align, which only occurs at "new" and “full” phases of the moon, we have what’s called a spring tide.
On Nov. 14, the spring tide will be greater than most people have ever seen. And if a hurricane, with it’s storm surge, occurs on the east or southern coasts at this time, those cities (particularly New Orleans, Miami, Charleston, South Carolina and New York City) will be greatly impacted.
We don’t have tides to contend with in the High Desert, but the increased pull on the Earth’s surface could impact the San Andreas Rift Zone and others in Southern California.
So, I advise caution around the first part of November through at least the end of the year.
Venus is still on a slow rise in the evening, and Mars and Saturn are the other evening “stars.” Jupiter is the sole morning “star.”
See you again in December — I hope!