Ten years to the day after the terrible attacks of September 11, 2011 overlooking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim. It also happened to be the six month anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi multiple meltdowns in Japan. Seeing this storm come in, Denise and I wondered if there would be any fallout from Fukushima since the storm had blown up inexplicably from the south and was far below the Jet Stream.
A September 14 weather photo of the region, courtesy of the Weather Channel, shows the week-long series of storms in the same configuration as when we were pelted on the North Rim. The curve of the Jet Stream can be seen dipping through Montana into South Dakota and the north part of Iowa as it turns back up through Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and into Canada. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in the upper middle of Arizona, was impacted by storms from the south.
The results were stunning. One rain sample tested in at ~219% of normal and another ~270% of normal higher than a subsequent background averaging. The video bears out the heightened radiation here at one of the most beautiful national parks in America. A silent and deadly killer fell upon the land as oblivious people enjoyed the unusual rain and violent lightening show. This gentle genocide was particularly depressing coming on the ten year anniversary of 9-11 especially considering that few, if any, tourists visiting the park had any idea that fallout from meltdowns begun exactly half a year ago was raining down on them.
9/11/11 [RAIN CAME FROM SOUTH AS PART OF A NON-JET STREAM SYSTEM]
10:30 pm 10-minute average EXTERIOR NEW RAIN at 990 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767 = 98.5 CPM^ or 204% HIGHER THAN PREVIOUS BACKGROUND AVERAGE (VIDEOTAPED)
10:10 pm 10-minute average EXTERIOR at 990 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767 = 48.4 CPM^
5:00 pm 10-minute EXTERIOR average in front of North Rim Lodge = 40.1 CPM
4:40 pm after another thundershower NEW RAIN on sign = ~148 top out or ~270% HIGHER THAN SUBSEQUENT BACKGROUND AVERAGE (VIDEOTAPED)
3:20 pm SPOT CHECK OF NEW RAIN ON SIGN, NORTH RIM OF GRAND CANYON, elevation 8,255 ft = ~128 CPM
2:45 pm 10-minute INTERIOR average at the Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room at the North Rim = 54.7 CPM
2:30 pm SPOT CHECK OF NEW RAIN ON SIGN, NORTH RIM OF GRAND CANYON, elevation 8,255 ft = ~140 CPM
12:30 pm 10-minute rolling automobile average in Kanab, UT 84741; elevation 4,970 ft = 42.6 CPM