Colorado Rocky Mountains – Feb. 24, 2017
It’s “almost for sure” more of the same jet-stream-delivered stuff, coming down in erratic ways in a slow-down zones – see further below for what I mean by that.). The 3 monitors that stood out:
The earlier spike on the coast may just be from the blowing sand being kicked up as a storm system passed through:
- Oostende, Belgium:
The other two show record-high spikes that are clearly not calibrations. Ampsin is near Tihange NPP, and Lillo is right near Antwerp right outside Doel NPP. This data really just illustrates (by contrasting all the monitors that show nothing at all) that most monitors are essentially useless (calibrated to energy levels that show natural variations is my impression, unless it’s really bad, they they tend to do into data-gap mode), but there’s generally a few that could be useful in case of fallout. (You get to know which ones those are by checking the European monitors for a few years).
- Ampsin 1, Belgium:
- Lillo 1, Belgium:
So… where is this radioactive stuff blowing in from? Short answer: no idea.
Could be from Doel NPP, but this seems unlikely due to the lack of corresponding data gaps.
The two “spikes” resemble the “glitch dots” I used to trace. The idea behind that was that a seemingly isolated very high value is not really “a glitch”, as I used to assume, but possibly a radioactive particle directly striking a monitor (and due to the inverse square law for ionizing radiation thus giving sometimes astronomical values), while the grand majority of a radioactive cloud blows higher up, barely or not even affecting ground-based monitors. Tracing the jet stream air mass out of which such a particle may have fallen can give clues to where the source is more likely to be found. Doing this landed me passing over Northern Japan more often than not, leading me to believe that it was the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe still spewing radioactive stuff high up into the troposphere. That may still be the case. The presence of recent-fission indicators, such as Iodine-131 and Tellurium-132 in turn made me speculate that underground active fissioning may still be occurring in one or more of the molten cores. I don’t know, though. See my “nuclear Blog Post archive” for various blog posts from previous years on this matter.
A look at the wind…
Jet stream’s blowing in from over the British Isles… a strong-wind-higher-up above Belgium (marked with green circle):
Just below it, already at 700 hPa https://earth.nullschool.net/#2017/02/24/1500Z/wind/isobaric/700hPa/orthographic=3.93,44.57,1021/loc=3.749,51.039 you can see the slow-zone well:
Tracing the jet stream still ends up passing over all kinds of possible places. I just marked one possible one, but I have no idea…
Please check with authorities to be reassured that everything is under control, that there are no “immediate health risks” and that “levels of concern” have not been reached.
All is well, fellow Belgians. Party on!
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