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Moon rides High/runs Low

The Moon is highest above or farthest below the celestial equator.

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    Lilapsophobia

    The fear of hurricanes or tornadoes

    October

    From the Latin word octo, "eight," because this had been the eighth month of the early Roman calendar.

    Epact

    A number from 1 to 30 that indicates the Moon’s age on January 1 at Greenwich, England; used for determining the date of Easter.

    Vanishing Tide

    A mixed tide of considerable inequality in the two highs and two lows, so that the lower high (or higher low) may become indistinct or appear to vanish.

    Golden number

    A number in the 19-year cycle of the Moon, used for determining the date of Easter. (The Moon repeats its phases approximately every 19 years.) Add 1 to any given year and divide the result by 19; the remainder is the Golden Number. If there is no remainder, the Golden Number is 19.

    Buccaneer

    The name was first given to the French settlers whose business was to hunt wild cattle and swine. A robber upon the sea; a pirate; -- a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph


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