Cold weather and radiation.

With another bout of cold weather engulfing the US, it’s time to review a little meteorology and atmospheric chemistry. Enenews has posted an article that refers to how radiation increases in cold weather due to the air being compressed at the surface.

Our results illustrate that accidents… could have significant trans-boundary consequences. The risk estimate [shows] increased surface level concentrations of gaseous radionuclides in the Northern Hemisphere during winter and a larger geographical extent towards the north and the east… This is related to the relatively shallow boundary layer in winter that confines the emitted radioactivity to the lowest part of the atmosphere close to the surface…It is the view of the authors that it is imperative to assess the risks from the atmospheric dispersion of radioactivity from potential NPP accidents [for] emergency response planning on national and international levels.

Fukushima blew up in early March 2011, when there was an anomalously cold weather pattern in the US. Places like Florida, which are usually warm, instead were hit pretty hard, especially with iodine-131.

I started writing this paper in February 2011, before Fukushima started. It dealt with how cold weather concentrates toxins in the air, and this affects symptoms of fibromyalgia sufferers. I subsequently discovered some research, mostly by Japanese scientists, who observed that fallout from the ’60s bomb tests increase in cold weather.

Actually it’s not just when it’s cold at the surface. It’s the average temperature between the surface and 18,000 feet. This is highly correlated with the 500 mb atmospheric height. When air cools down, it takes up less space. The 500 mb atmospheric height (HT500) is the point where the weight of the air from a certain altitude to the surface is constant.

When there is less space for the air, the concentration of toxins increases. This causes increased symptom ratings for fibromyalgia patients. This works for ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) too. I got a horrible relapse just before New Year’s when it got really cold, and it shows no signs of departing.

But when the air is hot, toxins increase also. This is because the air is stagnant, and local sources of pollution like chemical plant emissions and auto exhaust tend to linger, and descend to the ground. There is also a health effect in hot weather. This works for ME too.

It turns out that toxins that originate from distant sources (like Japan) tend to increase in cold weather, while locally produced toxins increase in hot weather. Which one affects your health depends on the individual.

Miyake et al. (1962): “It was found that the specific radioactivity in rain water or the air activity was much higher when there was a trough at the 500-mb level [low HT500] or above and the core of a jet stream was located above or a little south of Tokyo.”

Miyake et al. (1960): “There is little correlation between the surface weather conditions and fallout while a considerably higher correlation was found among a trough at 500 mb, position of jet stream and air activity… These facts will account for the increase of the concentration of radioactive debris in the air and the rain with the passage of a trough line at 500 mb across an observation point.”

Chen et al. (1970): ”The dates of occurrence of peak concentrations of fallout particles generally coincided with (a) the arrival times of air masses at 500 mb and/or 300 mb after completing a cycle around the world, and (b) the passage of 500 mb troughs at Fayetteville… All these peaks have a direct correlation with the passage of the 500 mb trough. The dynamic explanation of this process is that to the immediate west of the upper-level trough, we usually find low-level divergence and upper-level convergence with the descending motion. It is this descending motion that brings down upper air and thus tends to increase the particle concentration. Miyake et al. (1960) also reported that similar meteorological conditions play an important role in the transport of radioisotopes from the stratosphere to the troposphere. They noted that the Sr-90 concentration in the ground-level air showed an increase after the passage of a 500 mb trough.”

Here is the forecast for HT500 at 1 PM on Friday:

This means that HT500 500 mb heights at that time will be low (cold) for Pennsylvania & Maryland, and also southern California. They are high for Montana and South Dakota. See if you can correlate it to your own health.

This is really cool. It’s a novel kind of cluster analysis technique I invented for the occasion:

This means that there are 3 groups of symptoms that move in tandem with respect to the weather conditions.

1. Pain and stiffness
2. Fatigue, concentration problems, memory problems, and sleep issues
3. Anxiety, depression, and gastrointestinal problems

All 3 might get worse when it’s cold. Or pain & stiffness will get worse, while fatigue, etc. get better. Or anxiety etc. might be worse when it’s hot. It depends on the individual and the particular toxin he or she is sensitive to.

I later associated it with beta radiation levels from the EPA data.

So those strange symptoms you are dealing with might be a result of nuclear fallout, as well as a host of other toxins.

5 thoughts on “Cold weather and radiation.

  1. “The dynamic explanation of this process is that to the immediate west of the upper-level trough, we usually find low-level divergence and upper-level convergence with the descending motion. It is this descending motion that brings down upper air and thus tends to increase the particle concentration.”

    That means on 1 PM on Friday, Ohio, E Kentucky, and West Virginia should have higher radiation levels. Let’s see if this pans out on the EPA graphs and

  2. Ah, Bobby, this research seems spot on to me. How sad that this information will never reach the masses. But then I think of my friends who have the above symptoms, and they don’t want to know the truth. They prefer to believe if they don’t eat sugar, get exercise, and think positively that all will be well. Perhaps that is because people in general have a mighty need to control. And radiation is now beyond control.

  3. Modeling Individual Reactivity in Serial Designs: Changes in Weather
    and Physical Symptoms in Fibromyalgia

    Paul R. Yarnold, Ph.D., Robert C. Soltysik, M.S., and William Collinge, Ph.D.
    Optimal Data Analysis, LLC and Collinge and Associates

    This note criticizes current statistical convention, and discusses
    and illustrates appropriate statistical methodology for investigating
    the relationship between weather and individual symptoms.

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