Super-Storm Sandy Powered By Fukushima Weather Effects
By Yoichi Shimatsu

The super-storm that pounded the Atlantic Seaboard showed telltale 
signs of the global atmospheric effects from the Fukushima nuclear 
catastrophe. Sandy can be added to the list of unseasonable or 
freakish weather events of 2012, including "winter tornadoes" that 
swept areas of the U.S. in January and the "derechos" or 
straight-line thunderstorms that smashed into Washington D.C. in July.

Why did Sandy form over the Atlantic Ocean, several weeks after the 
end of the autumn hurricane season? The answer was there in the daily 
weather reports throughout October. Months ahead of its normal 
southward dip, the northern jet stream arced downed across the 
western half of the United States. The high-pressure zone dropped 
temperatures to unseasonably cool numbers west of the Mississippi, 
and thus conversely trapped hot and moist air over the eastern states 
and Atlantic Ocean.

The yin-and-yang of a North American continent bifurcated between a 
cool West and warm East is what gave birth to Sandy. The humidity 
built up outside the Caribbean, formed into hurricane Sandy, and then 
spiraled into the Bahamas, killing some 60 people. Next in line for 
destruction: the vast swath between the Carolinas and New England, 
with unprecedented flood damage to the Big Apple and New Jersey.

The Eastern Seaboard crisis is not over. Now that Sandy has passed, 
its heat dissipates. The resulting drop in air pressure allows the 
jet stream's cold front to move into a vacuum, condensing airborne 
moisture into snow and hail. Blizzards are already hitting West 
Virginia with more soon to come.

Radiation Energizes The Skies

The jet stream flowing across northeast Japan, across the Northern 
Pacific and then over Canada and the northern states, carries tons of 
radioactive particles from Fukushima that are electrically-charging 
the atmosphere. The high energy from those isotopes is triggering 
cloud formation while amplifying wind, precipitation and 
lightning...and propelling destructive storms across North America 
and on into Europe.

The climate scientists, many of them meteorologists funded directly 
or indirectly by the nuclear-power industry, are predictably laying 
the blame for Sandy and other freakish storms on "global warming". 
The build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as deplorable as it 
is, remains still too low and gradual to account for a storm on the 
scale of Sandy and this past year's off-season weather anomalies.

In a similar denial, nuclear scientists working for Japanese 
utilities are claiming that hydrogen gas - not nuclear isotopes - led 
to the massive explosions that devastated the Fukushima reactors. In 
both cases, the gross disproportion between cause and effect is like 
the difference between a mouse and a whale - butterfly effect 
notwithstanding, since the butterflies of Fukushima are facing extinction.

Nuclear power is far more dangerous in its vast array of harmful, 
deadly effects than the public and regulators have been led to 
believe by industry lobbyists. It was no less than atomic-bomb 
creator Robert Oppenheimer who stated that the act of splitting the 
atom - the unleashing nuclear energy - is "the destroyer of worlds". 
As it stands after Fukushima, our world is the next to be utterly 
wiped out - if the nuclear industry is allowed to get away with its 
violence against life.

Time-bombs set to explode

Now that New Jersey and New York City have had a taste of what a few 
damaged reactors halfway around the world can do, the time has come 
for a closer look at the many "world destroyers" scattered across the 
United States. The New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power station came 
within a hair's breadth on the flood-line from a total knockout of 
electrical systems, which could have triggered a catastrophic meltdown.

In Louisiana, the Napoleonville sinkhole is spewing radiation, with 
the probable source been the Waterford nuclear plant located atop the 
very same aquifer. Nuclear particles bubbling out along the Gulf 
Coast, whose warm waters add to the force of hurricanes, is a looming 
threat to public safety, to say the least.

The Department of Energy is hiding the facts about the many deadly 
consequences and unthinkable risks of nuclear power, even as NASA 
conducts satellite studies of the damage inflicted to the atmosphere 
by continual Fukushima radiation releases. Both presidential 
candidates are partisans and protectors of the nuclear industry, 
particularly Exelon, operator of crippled Oyster Creek, and Entergy, 
which runs accident-prone Waterford and Indian Point plants. The 
damaged reactors in Japan were designed by GE and Westinghouse...and 
the chickens are coming home to roost.

Soon after their shocked reaction to the Fukushima meltdowns, 
residents along the Atlantic Seaboard went right back to sleep, 
assuming that fallout from halfway around the planet could not 
threaten their lives. Their comfort zone, reinforced by a sold-out 
news media and bought politicians, proved to be a false sense of 
security. The storm has passed but the underlying problem will not go 
away until a total ban is imposed on nuclear power.

Yoichi Shimatsu is a science journalist based in Hong Kong and former 
editor of the Japan Times weekly edition in Tokyo.

Ring the bells that still can ring,  Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen