[ RadSafe ] Japanese Nuclear, Weather, Etc.
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Fri Oct 5 15:22:05 CDT 2012
From: _jpreisig at aol.com_ (mailto:jpreisig at aol.com) .
Hope you all are having a good day.
I keep hearing that Japan will be ending its Nuclear Power
program, with the current generation
of reactors. Japan is earthquake (and tsunami) country. Guess they don't
want to threaten any
more of their limited farmland. I guess the Germans shutoff Nuclear, so
they could keep growing
hops and barley all over the place.
Once this global warming crisis is well-understood, we will have
in hand many tools to
make weather prediction better and better. Clearly, much of our weather
information comes from
satellite imagery. We also have solar irradiance information. Right now,
we also have information
from Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) about Earth Spin, Precession,
Wobble(s). I believe all the preceding will allow us to predict times of
global warming, wet times, warm climate and so on rather well. We have
from Doppler Radar and weather balloons. VLBI also, believe it or not,
can solve for atmospheric
So, let's not throw away our Farmer's Almanacs, but be advised
that such additional
weather information is available. I expect the current USA drought will
continue on for at least
ten more years. Once I am able to spend some time on this drought
problem, I could probably
give you all a better estimate. The next polar motion peak is in 2042 ---
more global warming???.
Drought and some heavy snowfalls around 2020. The polar ice caps should
begin to re-solidify
somewhat in the next 5 years --- generally, global water will be less
available for rain and
sea-level rise as the re-solidification occurs.
With the rather long (9 month???) growing seasons available in
the USA and elsewhere,
farmers might be able to squeeze in 2 growing seasons during the 9 month
Don't know what warm weather in the USA will mean for wine/grape growers.
There's a news item today on Google about scientists making
embryos from stem cells????
Read it, if you are so inclined.
Wish I had more to say about actual radiation-related topics.
Maybe someone familiar with
the Mars Rover can briefly explain to the radsafe group about how the
Rover's energy/power is made
from Plutonium decay. Yes. I know the answer is probably on Wikipedia.
Take Care. Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig
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