First thread post here on ATS, so please bear with me and if this is in the incorrect forum, Mods please feel free to shunt it wherever you deem it
This is going to begin with a bit of a story. Then I hope to lead into a possible explanation ( albiet without a shred of proof ) and hopefully
some other people that have noticed the same "phenomenon".
After the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the resultant fiasco at Fukishima, I have been concerned about the amount of radioactive
particles that are coming straight from Japan to my area here in the US. See, I live in the Seattle area, and from watching the daily tradewinds
across the Pacific, I knew that we were going to catch it here in the Seattle area. Heck, the whole West Coast actually.
For those that do not know, the Seattle area is known as a very rainy area of the US. Within 50 miles of Seattle ( straight West of Seattle on the
Olympic Peninsula ) is the Hoh Rainforest which averages 12 FEET of rain a year. Yes, 144" of rain yearly.
Seattle is not quite so wet, but we do get our fair share of rain, and alot of days where it is just plain drizzly/misty out.
Starting in late March, I had noticed that whenever I was outside in the rain, that the rain on my bare skin was sort of "stingy". Having lived
in this area my whole life, and been in the rain plenty of times, this was a bit of a scare for me, as I figured that the only thing that could be
causing it was the rain washing the radioactive isotopes out of the atmosphere. I have since stopped going out in the rain without an umbrella, and am
careful of any areas that would tend to collect water.
Also, not long after March, there was a Huey helicopter that was flying very low in a patterned way around the area. I did some digging and came up
with these stories which show the chopper I saw.
Now why would they be interested in measuring the radioactivity AFTER the area had already been irradiated more? Yes I know the "story" is that
they wanted to get a baseline so that if something like that happened locally, they would know where they were starting from. I think they were
establishing as much of a baseline as they could so that if they needed too they could see how much it had gone "up" over the next few years from
the direct effects of Fukishima.
Here is my question to you folks, especially those of you in the greater PNW, and even elsewhere in the Northern US and Canada. Have you felt the
same stinging rain? It has started to turn rainy again ( our 2 months of sun are gone
) and I am still feeling it when I make the mistake of being
out in the rain without my arms covered. Do you think I am off my rocker? I know my family looks at me a lil funny, and my wife tolerates my ideas and
goes along with them to keep the "peace", but I really think that we are getting snowed big time on this one.
Thank you for your time.