Sunday, November 4, 2012

Is Fukushima Affecting Global Weather?

Might radiation from Fukushima be contributing to higher-than-usual temperatures this year, even given growing climatic chaos from human activities and from the approaching solar maximum?

October continues streak of above-normal temperatures by Martin Weil Nov 3 2012

[Excerpted] Even with its historic storm, its high wind, its record rain and its disruption of daily life, October in Washington was like every previous month this year, in at least one way.

It was warmer than normal. October’s average temperature at Reagan National Airport was 61 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal. It meant that every month so far this year, as recorded at National, has been warmer than the norm....

Majia here: This fall has been very warm in Phoenix AZ where I live. Usually our temperatures turn cooler in October. Not this year. Arizona has has hotter than usual average temperatures over the last 3 months, as this map shows

Curious, I decided to see whether the hotter - than - usual temperatures were found throughout the US.

Data indicate that September was hotter than usual all over the nation
NOAA also reports significant weather events in June 2012

Significant weather events in September 2012


Global temperature anomalies are available here at the National Climatic Data Center
Majia here: I've previously reported on anomalous weather events this year and considered whether radiation from Fukushima decaying in the atmosphere and ocean might be impacting weather.

Might Fukushima Explain the Rapid Recent Decline in Arctic Ice and the Rapidly Expanding Hole Over the Arctic

I've also speculated on a possible relationship between this year's drought in the midwest and Fukushima

This post (here) looked at scientific linkages that were posited in the past between nuclear testing and drought:

 "Earthquakes and Nuclear Testing" by Dr. Gary Whiteford. Paper presented to the Second International Conference on the United Nations and World Peace, Seattle, Washington,
14 April 1989

[excerpt from the article on a previous study]:
The Spring 1992 issue of Journal of Orgonomy (1) carried a paper by James DeMeo describing research undertaken in 1990-1991 on the California drought, with a "Special Note on Underground Nuclear Testing and the Oakland Wildfires" that bears repeating here:

Weather Response to Nuclear Testing: In prior articles, I discussed a possible connection between underground nuclear bomb testing in Nevada to weather changes in the Western US.(2) A graph was published showing changes in 500 mb pressure over Nevada and Montana in 1990, with a generalized association with nuclear tests. Nuclear testing appeared to have increased atmospheric pressure in the upper atmosphere, a possible factor in the expansion of high-pressure drought conditions in the West. [end excerpt]
Majia here: Also of interest is Ernest Bondietti's "Effects on Agriculture" published by Springer in 1982 on behalf of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which examines the effects of radiation on crops.
Majia here: There is evidence that suggests that the decay of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere may impact atmospheric conditions, producing warming conditions.
A search revealed this report published in 1976: UNITED STATES HIGH-ALTITUDE TEST EXPERIENCES A Review Emphasizing the Impact on the Environment ~ of the University of California 1976


Chapter VII speculates about impact and concludes that not enough research has been conducted on this very important subject:
More recent research shows that radiation contamination in the atmosphere could adversely impact the planet's ozone level:

Limited Nuclear War Could Deplete Ozone Layer, Increasing Radiation Feb 24, 2011 Chris Schneidmiller
[Excerpted] -- A nuclear conflict involving as few as 100 weapons could produce long-term damage to the ozone layer, enabling higher than "extreme" levels of ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth's surface, new research indicates (see GSN, March 16, 2010).
“A regional nuclear exchange of 100 15-kiloton weapons … would produce unprecedented low-ozone columns over populated areas in conjunction with the coldest surface temperatures experienced in the last 1,000 years, and would likely result in a global nuclear famine,” according to a presentation delivered on Friday at a major science conference in Washington.

Majia here: This is speculation, but the amount of radiation released from Fukushima is significant and may very well have impacted sensitive climatic variables given estimates that the plant released over a thousand times the radiation of the Hiroshima bomb. Keep in mind that noble gasses were detected in the Pacific Northwest in late March and April of 2011 at 400,000 background:

Here is a summary of US based research on Fukushima Fallout I've compiled:

It seems to me highly probably that Fukushima radiation in the atmosphere and ocean is exacerbating global disequillibrium in weather systems.

1 comment:

  1. The sun is just coming off of a grand solar maximum, it has had the highest activity for the last 8,000 years.

    I believe that the high pressure systems coming off Greenland, which played a role in Sandy, are related to this.

    Of course this means there is a likelihood of a Carrington event at some point, which would affect the global power grid, and lead to nuclear meltdowns.