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The accompanying chart shows the condition of the tropical Pacific during a recent warming period. This warmth is predicted to support a moderate el nino this winter. Doc Weather predicted this trend last year based on the placement of the three planets depicted in the chart. Early in the year Jupiter was retrograde in the western Pacific with Pluto retrograde in the longitude of Hawaii. This in itself is a good symptom for late winter and early spring warming in the western Pacific. In the beginning of May Jupiter went into direct motion in nino 5. This was coincident with a shift in the warmth from that area to a more central area in the Pacific. At that time Neptune in the eastern Pacific joined Pluto in the central Pacific and went retrograde. This is the condition that is depicted in the chart.
In the planetary flux model used by Doc Weather, this type of pattern where a planet moving in retrograde motion is acting against a planet moving in direct motion is known as a squeeze. In the formation of an el nino "el nino basics" http://www.docweather.com/index.php?sec=2&act=show&enid=10
during a squeeze the Sea Surface Temperatures in the area between the two planets usually goes up above normal. This is the case this summer. The chart shows a strong shift in SSTs in the area being squeezed by the three planets. This should become stronger as the fall approaches since Pluto went direct in August and Neptune goes direct in late October. After that watch for a dance between Venus and Mercury in the eastern Pacific to modify the timing and the intensity of the warmth moving against the coast of South America. More about that later during show-time.