Classical (maybe Imperial Roman) Weather Events?

My spiders bring back the strangest things … first,  this one from AGI:

The sixth African anticyclone is on its way for the mid-August holiday and is due to linger for eight to ten days. Antonio Sano’, director of the http://www.ilmeteo.it weather website, warns that the hottest days will be around Sunday when ‘Caligula’ will push warm air from the Moroccan and Tunisian interior to Italy. However, the intense heat is set to continue the following week until the weekend of 25 August. Temperatures will reach 39 degrees in Bologna, Florence, and Rome, with spikes of 41 in the south, Sicily and Sardinia. . .

… but it gets better … last week, it was Nero:

Nero, the summer’s 5th powerful sub-tropical Saharian anticyclone, has its day of glory in the center & south of Italy. Right now, it is moving from the Algerian hinterland and making its way to Rome, Sardenia, Sicily and the rest of Southern Italy. The data are alarming, affirms Antonio Sano’, the Director of the http://www.ILMeteo.it portal: this afternoon, almost all the cities from the region of Latium southward will record temperatures of over 36-37C, which means a sky-high fever. The thermometer will hit 39 degrees in Sardenia. In Rome and Florence, it will peak at 37 degrees but the situation is more alarming than expected in the regions of Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria and especially Sicily, where spikes of 44C will be recorded in the province of Agrigento. . .

Even better, from back in July:

Anticyclone Virgilio has set in from the Azzorre Islands and is heading Westward from the Atlantic Ocean and Spain. It has definitively swept away Minosse which was however uncomparable to the African anticyclones that have stifled Central and Southern Italy during the last month. Rain and storms are forecast during the weekend in the North, subsequently extending to Central Italy and Sardenia and ultimately to the South. Temperatures are forecast to drop by 10 degrees and will settle 5 degrees below the average at the beginning of next week. . .

I can understand Nero or Vergil as names for such things; couldn’t find any other emperors being named in such capacities (maybe they’ll come), and I can’t quite picture Virgil as a storm … whatever the case, clearly Europe seems to give better names to these things than North American weather services …

This Day in Ancient History: Idus Sextiles

idus sextiles

  • rites in honour of Jupiter (as on all Ides)
  • rites in honour of Diana on the Aventine
  • rites in honour of Vortumnus on the Aventine
  • rites in honour of Fortuna Equestris
  • rites in honour of Hercules the Victor
  • rites in honour of Hercules Invictus at the Porta Trigemina
  • rites in honour of Castor and Pollux in the Circus Flaminius
  • rites in honour of the Camenae
  • rites in honour of Flora at in the Circus Maximus
  • 29 B.C. — triple triumph of Octavian, celebrating his victories  at Illyricum, Actium, and his annexation of Egypt (day 1)