Major flooding in Oregon, heavy snows in Washington and California

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:07 PM GMT on January 19, 2012

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A major atmospheric pattern change is underway, and the Pacific storm door is open. A major winter storm supported by an atmospheric river of high moisture is pounding Oregon, California, and Washington today, bringing record flooding, heavy snows, freezing rain, and damaging winds. The ridge of high pressure that had brought much of Northern California its driest winter period on record during the past two months has retreated to the northwest towards Alaska, allowing the subtropical jet stream to dive underneath the ridge. The subtropical jet is bringing a plume of moisture called an "atmospheric river" to the coast between Northern California and Southwestern Washington, resulting in heavy rains near the coast and snow measured in feet to the mountains. Heavy rains of 2 - 5 inches have affected much of Western Oregon over the past 24 hours, and the Marys River in Philomath has risen to its highest flood on record. Additional rains of 1 - 3 inches are expected today over the region, and damaging major flooding is expected along several Oregon rivers.


Figure 1. Radar-estimated precipitation for Oregon shows a wide swath of greater than 8 inches of rain has fallen since January 16 over Western Oregon.


Figure 2. The Marys River in Philomath, Oregon crested at its highest flood height on record this morning. Image credit: NOAA.

Heavy snow, ice storm hit Seattle
Yesterday in Seattle, Washington, 6.8" of snow fell, making it their greatest 24-hour snowfall since November 1985. Winds gusting to 85 mph in the mountains to the east of Seattle closed some ski areas, but heavy snows of 38" in 36 hours fell at White Pass, and the this weekend will see the best skiing of winter in Washington. The problem will be getting to the ski areas--an ice storm this morning has closed the Sea-Tac airport and snarled traffic.

Record dry spell ends for California and Nevada
Skiiers, take heart: Tahoe's Ski Season From Hell will end this weekend. A series of three snowstorms will pound the Sierra Mountains of California and Nevada, bringing the first heavy snows since November. According to Tahoe weather historian Mark McLaughlin, December 2011 was the second driest in the Sierra Mountains since record keeping began in 1920. He based this on an aggregate of data from eight locations from Highway 50 in the south to Mt. Shasta in the north in the central and northern Sierra Nevada. This winter has seen the longest winter dry spell in history in Reno, Nevada (56 days). The dry spell ended on January 16, when .03" of precipitation fell. The previous longest dry spell was 54 days, ending on January 24, 1961. Farther to the south in Minden, Nevada, the record dry spell ended at 72 days on January 16. Nevada's Carson River Basin snowpack is at 8% of normal, compared to 224% last year at this time. In San Francisco, the first significant rains since November 20 are expected to begin later today. The past two months have seen just 0.26" of rain in the city, making it the longest two-month winter dry period in the city since records began in 1850, according to wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. Fresno, Califonia has seen no rain at all since November 20, and that dry spell should end today or Friday. Today's storm in Northern California will be followed by a new storm on Friday, which will bring 100 mph wind gusts and 1 - 2 feet of snow to the Sierras (2 - 3 inches of rain equivalent). A third storm with more snow is expected on Sunday night.


Figure 3. Satellite estimated water vapor in the atmospheric expressed as how much rain would fall if the entire amount of vapor were condensed in a vertical column. Where this "Total Precipitable Water" exceeds about 25.4 mm (1 inch), heavy precipitation can occur. An "Atmospheric River" extending from Hawaii with very moist air harboring precipitable water values near 1.5 inches (38 mm, light blue colors) is impacting the coast near the California/Oregon border, bringing heavy rains and snows. Image credit: University of Wisconsin SSEC.

I'll have a new post on Friday.

Jeff Masters

Snowstorm in Tacoma (jackmoskovita)
First big snowstorm in Tacoma since the mid 90's. 9
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Overshadowed (spiritjoy)
The overarching snowy limbs somehow remind me of God...
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Young Sentinal (spiritjoy)
Juvenile Bald Eagle perches over the Skagit River. Wonder what he thinks of this week's heavy snowfall.
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Distant (RenoSoHill)
Gonna be a great cloud watchin' day
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126. Articuno
10:59 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
Here it comes, hope ther are no tornadies..

Tommorow is gonna be a great sunrise (I am a photographer) I think, because right at dawn it's gonna be foggy and then the fog is supposed to clear out right when the sun comes up.
IF it's good, I will share the pictures with you guys.
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125. hydrus
6:24 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Here it comes, hope ther are no tornadies..
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124. hydrus
3:47 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Models still cant pin the NAO..
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123. hydrus
3:45 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
No MJO for us.
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122. hydrus
3:37 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Slight risk on da map today..warm too.. And quite wet.. Drought will stick around..
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121. sunlinepr
1:44 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Fukushima Plume Animation

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Old animation
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120. sunlinepr
1:37 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Plume detected but very diluted.... Check it yourself with your Geiger counter....

Published: March 19th, 2011 at 04:24 PM EDT | Email Article Email Article
By Enenews Admin

Fukushima nuclear plume “covered most of North America” — Now over N. Atlantic; Including Caribbean, Canada’s east coast
Fukushima cloud now at the Atlantic, no risk – France, ABS-CBN News (Philippines), March 20, 2011 at 3:23 am:
The plume from Fukushima has now reached the western Atlantic but its radioactivity is likely to be “extremely low” and have no impact on health or the environment, France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said on Saturday.
“As of yesterday, the cloud covered most of North America and northeastern Siberia. It is currently passing over the North Atlantic,” it said, naming French terroritories in the Caribbean and off Canada’s eastern coast.
The cloud has been progressively thinning as it heads eastwards around the northern hemisphere at high altitude and will reach mainland Europe on Wednesday or Thursday, it said, citing a computer model jointly compiled with the French weather service, Meteo France. …

Read the report here.
BBC at 18:41: The cloud plume from Fukushima has now reached the western Atlantic, but radioactivity is likely to be “extremely low” with no impact on health or the environment, France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) says, according to the AFP news agency.


U.S. network detects Fukushima plume
The radiation is quite small but bears the signature of damaged nuclear fuel
By Janet Raloff
Web edition : Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Late Friday, March 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy jointly announced that a network of federal radiation-monitoring stations had begun picking up traces of radioactivity attributable to the earthquake-damaged Fukushima reactor complex in Japan.

The finding was hardly a surprise. Radioactive contaminants can ride the winds. They easily cross continents and oceans, as has been witnessed since the 1950s following nuclear tests — and, of course, the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

On Friday, a federal radiation monitoring station in Sacramento, Calif., “detected miniscule quantities of the radioactive isotope xenon-133,” the EPA said. “The origin was determined to be consistent with a release from the Fukushima reactors in Northern Japan.”
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119. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
7:35 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #9
FORTE TEMPETE TROPICALE ETHEL (07-20112012)
10:00 AM RET January 20 2012
=======================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Ethel (985 hPa) located at 18.4S 64.7E has 10 minute sustained winds of 55 knots with gusts of 75 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving southwest at 8 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T4.0/4.0/D1.0/24 HRS

Storm Force Winds
================
20 NM radius from the center

Gale Force Winds
=================
50 NM radius from the center extending up to 160 NM in the southern semi-circle

Near Gale Force Winds
======================
90 NM radius from the center extending up to 250 NM in the southern semi-circle

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 19.6S 63.7E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
24 HRS: 21.1S 63.1E - 65 knots (Cyclone Tropical)
48 HRS: 25.0S 62.6E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 29.8S 63.8E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)

Additional Information
======================

Most available numerical weather prediction models remain in good agreement to forecast a south southwestwards to southwards track over the next 2 days then a southeastwards re-curving motion. On this track the system is forecast to move near Rodrigues island tonight in about 18 hours.

Within the next 24 hours, environment remains rather favorable for slight development. In the upper levels, system takes currently always benefit from a good outflow channel poleward which is expected to improve during the next 24 hours. The system is forecast to move near Rodrigues close to its peak of intensity.

Vertical northwesterly wind shear, cooler sea surface temperature and interaction with the westerlies is forecast to weaken the system and make it loose tropical characteristics at the end of the period.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Mauritius Meteorological Services on TC ETHEL will be issued at 12:30 PM UTC..
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118. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
7:34 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #6
CYCLONE TROPICAL FUNSO (08-20112012)
10:00 AM RET January 20 2012
=======================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Cyclone Funso (972 hPa) located at 18.3S 38.7E has 10 minute sustained winds of 70 knots with gusts of 100 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west at 5 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T4.5/4.5/D1.0/12 HRS

Hurricane Force Winds
=====================
15 NM radius from the center

Storm Force Winds
=================
30 NM radius from the center

Gale Force Winds
=================
55 NM radius from the center

Near Gale Force Winds
====================
65 NM radius from the center

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 18.5S 38.0E - 75 knots (Cyclone Tropical)
24 HRS: 18.8S 37.5E - 75 knots (Cyclone Tropical)
48 HRS: 19.2S 38.8E - 80 knots (Cyclone Tropical)
72 HRS: 20.1S 39.8E - 90 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)

Additional Information
======================

The small eye has disappeared on the last satellite pictures.

Available numerical weather prediction models are in good agreement within the next 24 hours. System is expected to keep on tracking slowly globally southwestwards on the northern edge of a subtropical ridge.

Numerical weather prediction models diverge then strongly. A near-equatorial mid-level ridge (cf z500) is expected to build on the north side of the system and should steers it east southeastwards within the next 36 to 48 hours. Beyond 48 hours, another mid-tropospheric ridge building in its southeast should steer the system southwestwards.

Current forecast is close to the ECMWF one.

For the next 48 hours, proximity of the coast and weakening of the oceanic energetic potential (slow movement of the system) are expected to be limiting factors for deepening. Beyond 48 hours, system should encounter better environmental conditions in the lower levels. Upper levels conditions remain favorable and system is expected to intensify again regularly beyond 48 hours.

Even this scenario is currently considered by RSMC la reunion as the most likely, the system should within Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 get closer of the Mozambican coasts near Guelimane or Beira regions.. with a potential direct impact that could not be ruled out at this time. Inhabitants of this sector should closely monitor the progress of this potentially dangerous system.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Seychelles Meteorological Service on TC FUNSO will be issued at 13:00 PM UTC..
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117. aspectre
4:42 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
110 ChillinInTheKeys "Skyepony used to post animated loops of the Fukushima fallout. Do you or anyone out there have a link for that?"

Skyepony quit posting them when the site quit posting them.
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116. RukusBoondocks
4:35 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
..."The Fate of Nations and of all their deeds

Lies trapped inside these hearts of greed,"



The two tone talk is the place to be and the two tone likes me and what I want to be.....
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115. Patrap
4:00 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
114. GeoffreyWPB
3:41 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
And on that note, we cue the music. Goodnight.


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113. GeoffreyWPB
3:38 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quite the debate this evening!
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112. ChillinInTheKeys
3:36 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
And on that note, we cue the music. Goodnight.
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111. ChillinInTheKeys
3:23 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting listenerVT:


Gotta love the name.

Apparently it has designs on becoming a Cat 4.
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/si2 01208_5day.html


The projected path would be a happier or "Funso" place for it to stay.
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110. ChillinInTheKeys
3:18 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Pat, Skyepony used to post animated loops of the Fukushima fallout. do you or anyone out there have a link for that? Tried to search it but couldn't find the one Skye posted.
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109. Patrap
3:10 AM GMT on January 20, 2012


Back of unit 4, cropped and enhanced. The buckling of the upper side walls can be seen in this back few from
the seaside area of the plant. Image has been enhanced and cropped, please keep watermark in place if used elsewhere


New Photos From Inside Fukushima Daiichi (Simply Info, Jan. 16, 2012):

These images appear to be from late 2011. The spent fuel pool end of unit 4 is partially dismantled yet the upper side corners remain. Those were eventually removed. All images appear to be from a video from NHK broadcasting. (Many thanks to Mary W for finding them). Commentary before each photo.

North East corner of unit 4 circles indicate breaks in the outer building frame. The green vertical line shows where the building begins to angle off vertical.
Without another image from this angle it is unclear if the back of unit 4 is buckling in more or not. Rust has begun appearing on the
weld joints of the vent tower seen behind the building. Image has been enhanced and cropped, please keep watermark in place if used elsewhere.

From the Sea Looking toward Plant





New Photos From Inside Fukushima Daiichi (Simply Info, Jan. 16, 2012):
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108. Patrap
3:06 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
There are some very bad things occurring in Fukushima, esp under the reactor that went, er..south.


January 7 2012 Picture - Reactor 4 in fore ground - Reactor 3 (Mox Fuel) 2nd




A view of grating (R) and the inner wall (L) of the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS





Photos: Radiation, rusty metal seen in Fukushima tsunami-hit reactor

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Photos-Radiation-rusty-meta l-seen-in-Fukushima-tsunami-hit-reactor/tabid/417/ articleID/240047/Default.aspx#ixzz1jxpfz0Bo



Better assessment will help workers know how best to plug holes and cracks in the containment vessel - a protective chamber outside the core - to contain the radiation leaks and gradually work toward dismantling the reactors.

Three of six reactors at the Fukushima plant melted down after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems and set off the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

TEPCO and nuclear officials have said that melted fuel probably fell to the bottom of the core in each unit, most likely breaching the bottom of the core and falling into the primary containment vessel, some dropping to its concrete floor.

Experts have said those are simulation results and that exact location and condition of the fuel could not be known until they have a first-hand observation inside.

The probe Thursday successfully recorded the temperature inside the containment vessel at 44.7 Celsius (112 F), confirming it stayed below the boiling point and qualifying a "cold shutdown state," the stable condition that the government had declared in December despite scepticism from experts.

The government has said that it would take 40 years until the Fukushima plant is fully decommissioned.


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107. listenerVT
3:03 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting yqt1001:
Funso has developed real banding!



Gotta love the name.

Apparently it has designs on becoming a Cat 4.
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/si2 01208_5day.html
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106. aspectre
2:57 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
NOAA's list of Billion+Dollar Weather Disasters in the US
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105. sunlinepr
2:33 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Good news.... snow in PR is posible...

Earths weird weather: Parts of Sahara desert, near Algeria, hit with snow
Posted on January 20, 2012
January 20, 2012 BECHAR, Algeria - Snow fell Tuesday in the Sahara Desert in western Algeria. A 24-hour cold spell brought snow and rain to the region. Strong wind blew the snow across roads and buildings in the province of Bechar. Meteorologists predicted a return of good weather Wednesday. People who live in the region said the snow was good for the palm trees because it killed parasites. Bechar is located in the northern Sahara, about 36 miles south of the Moroccan border.Nine News
Link

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104. sunlinepr
2:21 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
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103. sunlinepr
2:18 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Fukushima Worker: Camera can resist 1000 sieverts, today it was broken — Spots on images show radioactivity — Tepco yet to measure radiation level (PHOTOS)

Title: Result of endoscope operation on 1/19/2012
Source: Fukushima Diary
Date: January 19th, 2012

The camera we used today can resist for 1000Sv, but even the camera got so much noise (the white spots), the radiation level is really high. At usual reactor test, we put water-resistant camera into the reactor but it gets too much noise when the camera goes close to the highly radioactive place called top guide.

If you put the camera at too radioactive place for too long, the camera gets broken. Today the endoscope became like that. To get more detailed image, we would need a more protective camera. It would cost 100 million yen to buy the camera what can get close to the fuel debris with color image.

For the next time, we need to develop new equipment. We shall use the same hole to measure the radiation level next time. We can’t even tell what to do if we don’t know the radiation level inside.

Title: Radiation, Rusty Metal Seen In Tsunami-hit Reactor | Fox News
Source: AP
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI
Date: Jan 19, 2012

[...] Radiation appeared on the images as static, or electronic interference with the equipment being used. Some parts that were photographed inside the reactor’s containment vessel are not yet identifiable. [...]



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102. Neapolitan
2:15 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
How could you fight a brush fire in hurricane force winds?

I guess you can't; it's 0% contained at this time.
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101. yqt1001
2:11 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Funso has developed real banding!

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100. nymore
2:08 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting Minnemike:
i've been noticing it much cooler up there than in the Cities. far milder down here, only having that arctic air today mainly... doesn't appear to be lasting much longer either; Sunday looking mild statewide and trending warmer each day leading up to it.
We call the cities the banana belt. I should not complain as it was only 23 below last night (no wind chill included) it gets so much worse most years
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99. sunlinepr
2:07 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
24 hours imprisoned Canadian Journalist who criticized Tepco
Posted by Mochizuki on January 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Sorry, The economist. I thought spreading the truth is important.

AN EXTRAORDINARY story is making the rounds among the hacks and other expats inJapan. A Canadian freelance journalist who has lived in Japan for years fell into the ugly whirlpool of Japan’s immigration-and-detention system. For years human-rights monitors have cited Japan’s responsible agencies for awful abuses; in their reports the system looks like something dark, chaotic and utterly incongruous with the country’s image of friendly lawfulness.

Still the case of Christopher Johnson beggars belief. Returning to Tokyo after a short trip on December 23rd he was ushered into an examination room, where his nightmare began. Over the next 24 hours he was imprisoned and harassed. Most of his requests to call a lawyer, the embassy or friends were denied, he says.

Officials falsified statements that he gave them and then insisted that he sign the erroneous testimony, he says. Guards tried to extort money from him and at one point even threatened to shoot him, he says—unless he purchased a wildly expensive ticket for his own deportation, including an overt kick-back for his tormentors. Once he was separated from his belongings, money was stolen from his wallet and other items removed from his baggage (as he has reported to the Tokyo police).

LONG ARTICLE.... Link
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98. Patrap
2:04 AM GMT on January 20, 2012

NASA Finds 2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record


The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000.



While average global temperature will still fluctuate from year to year, scientists focus on the decadal trend. Nine of the 10 warmest years since 1880 have occurred since the year 2000, as the Earth has experienced sustained higher temperatures than in any decade during the 20th century. As greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, scientists expect the long-term temperature increase to continue as well. (Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory, Robert Simmon)


NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, released an updated analysis that shows temperatures around the globe in 2011 compared to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century. The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago. The average temperature around the globe in 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline.
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97. sunlinepr
2:03 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Cesium is stocked 1.3 times more in unborn baby than mother from the study of cattle in Fukushima
Posted by Mochizuki on January 19th, 2012 No Comments

Prof. Hashimoto Manabu from Institute of development, aging and cancer in Tohoku University confirmed cesium is stocked 1.3 times more in unborn baby than mother from the study of stray cattle in Fukushima.

In 20km area, cattle are abandoned and living in the wild. Having analyzed 88 cattle of them, it turned out that unborn babies are 1.3 times more contaminated in their organs than their mothers.
Additionally, they found out muscle concentrates cesium 20~30 times more than blood, and tongue and liver concentrate 10 times more than blood.(60 Bq/Kg in blood 1800 Bq/Kg in muscle)
Also, radioactive silver is concentrated in liver, tellurium is concentrated in kidney.
Prof. Hashimoto is expecting to study more about internal exposure by analyzing 300 cattle by March so they can apply the knowledge to humans internal exposure...



Tepcos second biggest stockholder moved their capital to an Indian investment company
Posted by Mochizuki on January 19th, 2012 No Comments

Nissay announced they are going to invest 22 billion yen into Reliance capital asset management Ltd. in India.
Nissay will obtain 26% of the company stock and send board members. They will finish transferring the capital within a couple of weeks.
Reliance capital asset management is the second biggest investment company in India, and Nissay is the second biggest stockholder of Tepco.
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96. Minnemike
2:03 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting nymore:
I see after looking at the temperatures for where I live (northern mn) the temp has not been above 0 since Monday evening and doesn't look like it will break 0 till Saturday.
i've been noticing it much cooler up there than in the Cities. far milder down here, only having that arctic air today mainly... doesn't appear to be lasting much longer either; Sunday looking mild statewide and trending warmer each day leading up to it. how far up there are ya?
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95. ChillinInTheKeys
2:02 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
How could you fight a brush fire in hurricane force winds?
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94. GeoffreyWPB
1:58 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Say what....For West Palm Beach...

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93. Neapolitan
1:53 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
92. nymore
1:26 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
I see after looking at the temperatures for where I live (northern mn) the temp has not been above 0 since Monday evening and doesn't look like it will break 0 till Saturday.
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91. yqt1001
1:14 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting cyclonekid:
According to Meteo France, Funso has rapidly intensified from a Moderate Tropical Storm to a Tropical Cyclone.


A 70kts (10-min) one aswell.



Not looking so great anymore..the pinhole eye has (probably temporarily) disappeared...
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90. docrod
1:12 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
Mission Status Center
By Justin Ray

Welcome to Spaceflight Now's live coverage of the Delta 4 rocket launching the WGS 4 military communications satellite. Text updates will appear automatically; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.




0005 GMT (7:05 p.m. EST Thurs.)
The ULA launch team and the mission management group are guiding the countdown from the Delta Operations Center, located about 9,200 feet from the pad. The engineers overseeing the rocket and ground systems are located on the third floor and the Mission Directors Center room is on the fourth floor. Both rooms have a view of pad 37B and the Delta 4 rocket out their windows. Other rooms are also set up for engineering support.

The DOC was formerly built to support the Titan-Centaur program but was refurbished to support Delta 4.


Nice image ;>) - post sent from my home computer ...
Link
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89. cyclonekid
1:12 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
According to Meteo France, Funso has rapidly intensified from a Moderate Tropical Storm to a Tropical Cyclone.
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88. ChillinInTheKeys
12:59 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Thanks to all those who provided links and info for the Delta 4 launch. Those of you who think this blog should be weather only even in the off season, I hope it never does as this site is where I can get some of the best and freshest info on what's interesting in this world. Plus it would be awfully slow in here right now.

Thanks to all who contribute!!!

Keep it up!!!
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87. Neapolitan
12:58 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Here's a (very) quick and (very) dirty exposure montage of this evening's launch:

rocket
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86. washingtonian115
12:50 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting presslord:
the whole 'retiring names' business has gotten kinda silly....it's just about lost whatever impact it had...it really doesn't have much meaning anymore...I think they should just stop retiring any names...
No it hasn't.Over the last few years the storms that have been retired have caused some serious damage.Like Igor for an example.He was NewFoundland's worst hurricane in over 75 years.In 08 Gustav and Paloma,and Ike were retired for good reasons.If Ike wasn't retired I'm sure there wouldv'e been some rage amungst the public.Once you get storms on the Ike,Katrina,Wilma,and Rita level than they should be retired.It's also disrepectful to the people that were affected/died.
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85. ChillinInTheKeys
12:45 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
We had a good view from the Lower Keys.
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84. aspectre
12:45 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
DMI SeaIceExtent


AMSR-E has been down since October, so no current map is available from IARC-JAXA.
Does anyone know what's happening to its replacement, AMSR-2?
All I could find is that it was supposed to be launched in November (with no confirmation of any launch) and that it was supposed to become fully operational by mid2012 (with no confirmation of any orbital testing/etc).
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83. Patrap
12:44 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
That looks like a very young Gene Kranz.


It is.

: )

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82. washingtonian115
12:39 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
So I don't know how many one here follow things like this. Today megaupload got raided by authorities, and now Anonymous is on a DoS hacking spree shutting does everything.

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Yeah I know.That sucked total...I have so many words to say that will not be brought upon this blog that will ensure a permma ban.
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81. hydrus
12:38 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
Mission Status Center
By Justin Ray

Welcome to Spaceflight Now's live coverage of the Delta 4 rocket launching the WGS 4 military communications satellite. Text updates will appear automatically; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.




0005 GMT (7:05 p.m. EST Thurs.)
The ULA launch team and the mission management group are guiding the countdown from the Delta Operations Center, located about 9,200 feet from the pad. The engineers overseeing the rocket and ground systems are located on the third floor and the Mission Directors Center room is on the fourth floor. Both rooms have a view of pad 37B and the Delta 4 rocket out their windows. Other rooms are also set up for engineering support.

The DOC was formerly built to support the Titan-Centaur program but was refurbished to support Delta 4.
That looks like a very young Gene Kranz.
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80. Xandra
12:36 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Live United Launch Alliance
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79. Patrap
12:23 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Rocket: Delta 4
Payload: WGS 4
Date: Jan. 19, 2012
Window: 7:38 to 9:11 p.m. EST
Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Feed: SES 2, Transp. 21, C-band, 87° West

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78. TropicalAnalystwx13
12:20 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
Quoting presslord:
the whole 'retiring names' business has gotten kinda silly....it's just about lost whatever impact it had...it really doesn't have much meaning anymore...I think they should just stop retiring any names...

It's not about what impact it has, it's so that the public doesn't get confused with names and to avoid legal issues and other stuff.

"Whenever a hurricane has had a major impact, any country affected by the storm can request that the name of the hurricane be "retired" by agreement of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Retiring a name actually means that it cannot be reused for at least 10 years, to facilitate historic references, legal actions, insurance claim activities, etc. and avoid public confusion with another storm of the same name. If that happens, a like gender name is selected in English, Spanish or French for Atlantic Storms."
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77. presslord
12:16 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
the whole 'retiring names' business has gotten kinda silly....it's just about lost whatever impact it had...it really doesn't have much meaning anymore...I think they should just stop retiring any names...
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76. VAbeachhurricanes
12:14 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
So I don't know how many one here follow things like this. Today megaupload got raided by authorities, and now Anonymous is on a DoS hacking spree shutting down everything.

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