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Magnetic North

Bumped into a baffling thing last night. While planning a Yak trip I lined up the compass with the compass rose...aligned True North and tried to set the mag. north setting. The "rose" has the usual ~14 degree Westerly declination printed on the chart. However...the compass shows the declination as 21 degrees EASTERLY!!

Yes, I tried a second compass and moved to another room in the house. It did not do this the last time I plotted courses...maybe six months ago.

I even switched to a local topo map and had the same results. I've never seen an Easterly declination in this hemisphere...what gives??

Has magnetic north moved? Has anyone else observed this?
Thoughts??

Jack