Tag Archives: Forecast

Pacific Extreme Pattern

The development of the Pacific Extreme Pattern from 50 days (a) to 0 days (h) in 10 day increments. Contours indicate the height of 300 mb, an indicator of a warm air mass (ie. more contours closer together = hotter). (McKinnon et al. 2016)
The development of the Pacific Extreme Pattern from 50 days (a) to 0 days (h) in 10 day increments. Contours indicate the height of 300 mb, an indicator of a warm air mass (ie. more contours closer together = hotter). (McKinnon et al. 2016)

Would you still book that summer vacation if you knew there was going to be an extreme heat wave during your trip? This is a question you may soon ask yourself with last months revelation of a new Pacific Extreme Pattern that has the capability to accurately forecast a heatwave (>6.5 degC, 11.7 degF) up to 50 days in advance. Continue reading Pacific Extreme Pattern

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What Controls Levels of Fukushima Radioisotopes in Marine Organisms?

By Jay T. Cullen

This post is part of an ongoing effort to communicate the risks to people living on the west coast of North America resulting from the ongoing release of radionuclides from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant after the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent triple reactor meltdowns in March 2011. The purpose of this post is to explain how the concentration of radionuclides in seawater impacts the amount of radioactive elements taken up by the marine biota.

The goal is to answer questions like:

How high can we expect radioactive element concentrations to get in marine organisms?

What might be the exposure of marine organisms and human consumers of these organisms to Fukushima sourced radionuclides?


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