Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sulfur Smell At Lake Bartlett, North East of Phoenix Today

We have very smoggy skies today in Phoenix after rains earlier this week that scrubbed the air.

I don't know how it got so smoggy so fast. I wonder if the smog blew in, or if winds merely picked up dust, making it look particularly smoggy?

At any rate, it was extraordinarily smoggy at Lake Bartlett today. This is very unusual. Typically the air there is pretty good because we are fairly far north of Phoenix, in a relatively remote location, and at a higher elevation than the valley below.

However, the air was quite smoggy looking there today.

While on the lake we repeatedly smelled sulfur. The smell was unmistakeable. I've never smelled it there before (or anywhere in the valley).

Bobby1 at Optimal Predication has some suggestions about the source of the smell.

Bobby1 is addressing an article in The Los Angeles Time about widespread reports of the smell of sulfur in southern Ca

Rotten smell reeks havoc across Southern California. The Los Angeles Times,0,499149,full.story

[Excerpted] A massive fish die-off in the Salton Sea is the prime suspect in a rotten smell that swept the region, but experts can't recall a bad odor ever traveling so far....

Southern California awoke Monday morning to a foul odor that wouldn't go away. Residents clogged 911 lines with calls, prompting health officials from Ventura County to Palm Springs to send investigators looking for everything from a toxic spill to a sewer plant leak....

Majia here: The article states that the source could never be determined with certainty.

There was no apparent fish die off at Bartlett Lake. I didn't see a single dead fish and we were there for hours. But the smog was pretty thick in the valley the lake is located within.

Bobby1 thinks the smell could be linked to a criticality that likely occurred at Fukushima recently given detections of krypton-85 at the site.

Bobby 1 "Something stinks in California"

[Excerpted] There has been a criticality in Fukushima last week. Large amounts of krypton-85 were detected in unit 1, a rise in temperature in reactor 2, and large amounts of hydrogen in unit 1 and oxygen in unit 2. We have had fission and radiolysis. Radiolysis is the splitting of water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen. There must have been a lot of water involved, because these two gases went into widely separated puffs, units 1 and 3....

read the entire argument here

Majia here: I don't know what caused the sulfur smell but it was very odd and it was accompanied by obvious air pollution.

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