Tuesday’s column reviewed the successful prediction by Stephen Saxby of Oct. 4, 1869. It was called “Saxby’s Gale” and was based on the position of the moon relative to the Earth. Storm season is under way for the Canadian Maritimes and the coastal sections of the Northeast. Even though storms are predicted by the climatology of the region, Saxby’s scenario repeated itself in October 2002 as the Earth and the moon were in a similar configuration with Hurricane Lili. On another occasion, a similar alignment occurred March 8, 1993. It was titled the East coast “Superstorm” and killed hundreds, produced widespread snowfall and logged record-low pressure readings. The system went from the Florida Panhandle through central Massachusetts into Maine in 24 hours.

Fastcast: Warmer, staying dry.

Sunny, with a high near 88. Easterly winds 5 mph to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 62. Easterly winds 5 mph.