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Mars declination update. - 02.11.05

Looking backward and forward at the current Mars transit of the coast.

The latest entry into the Weather Eye section on January 15th, 2005 covered the approachingmaximum low declination transit of Mars in the eastern Pacific. The following is the last paragraph of the article.

In 2004/2005 Mars once again goes across the West Coast during the storm season. The period for the transit is from January 22nd 2005 until the first few days of March. This means that most likely the whole month of February will be a very active one on the West Coast for the southern positioning of the polar jet stream. The second, third and fourth week of February look especially promising for widespread storms on the coast since the tendency for the jet stream to drop to the south during the Mars approach to the coast will be supported by shifts in the jet curve values at that time towards low pressure values. Let's watch for this one, it looks to be pretty strong.

Well, the charts in the article show a moderate southerly shift in the jet stream that comes through California and into the Midwest. However, this year the southerly jet has been really southerly. The current storm and flood patterns in the southwest are a result of the combination of a moderate El Nino that was predicted last year by Doc Weather and the current Mars maximum southerly declination predicted in the January article, coupled with the low-pressure shifts in the jet curves also mentioned in the article. Putting these three factors together we now see that we get a very southerly jet stream during the current Mars transit of Sagittarius with accompanying flooding in the southwest. Looking forward lets see if the trend continues until the first few days of March like it says in the article. If the trend continues and then suddenly drops off we will all have learned a bit more about reading the turbulent signatures of Mars.