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Builder-astrologer predicts weather, disasters


CHENNAI: Destiny made him a builder. However, even while working in the city with brick and mortar, S Ramachandran finds time to pursue his hobby, astronomy. Indeed, it was his pursuit of astrology that eventually led him to study astronomy.

Ramachandran is an amateur who has worked out his own formula to forecast weather and natural calamities, based on a study of the past 100 years' weather data pertaining to India, having collected them from the Indian meteorological department office in Chennai. He found a pattern in the planetary positions and their influence on earth. "For example, if Mercury and Venus are on either side of the sun (Bhanumadhyamam) as well as with respect to the position of the earth, rain will be scarce. On such occasions, there could be a cloud burst or a thunderstorm in some isolated locations," he says.

For about 15 years, Ramachandran has analysed planetary behaviour and is now able to predict normal rain, heavy rain, cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes and drought. In an article published in January this year in a local journal, he had forecast that 2009 would be hotter than 2008. According to him, the southwest monsoon will become weak and scanty after second week of July 2009. "Squalls and thunderstorms will be experienced at isolated locations between the third week of July 2009 and the third week of September. Monsoon will become active once again between the third week of September and first week of November. Overall, the distribution of rainfall throughout India will be far below normal in 2009," he says.

Ramachandran also foresees a major calamity an earthquake or a typhoon striking Taiwan, Philippines and the East China region between July 17 and 28. Predicting is all fine, but unless it reaches people, it is of no use, he feels. Equally important is that the scientific community listens to him, he adds. When Abdul Kalam was president, he wrote several e-mails to him. "But to my surprise, I never got a reply. Officials at the IMD are not receptive either. When I spoke to a VIP once, he asked me, You claim you have studied weather data for 100 years. Are you a 100-year-old man?' I felt helpless," laments Ramachandran.

In the past few years, astronomers and meteorologists worldwide have been working hard to gain an insight into what nature has in store for humanity. "Despite the availability of a treasure house of information on astronomical and geo-physical phenomena, scientists are wasting time. Our forefathers have studied and documented information in books like Brihathsamhitha, Brihathjathaka and Kalavithanam. Anybody with an understanding of astronomy and knowledge of Sanskrit can decipher easily. I am neither an astronomer nor do I understand Sanskrit. If any scientist is willing to listen to me and take my study forward, I am sure, it will revolutionise our understanding of planetary behaviour as well as weather forecasting. In this age of computers, we can forecast weather for any number of years," noted Ramachandran.


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