posted on Sep, 12 2012 @ 11:56 AM
Couple of issues with the official diagnosis.
One, the winds are onshore. Salton Sea is more then 100 miles for Los Angeles, and the "smell" would have to travel over the San Jacinto Mountain
area then through San Gabriel and then over the SM mountains and down to the valley floor - onshore or east bound winds will push the smell up into
the atmosphere at each mountain range. That is a lot of up and down traveling when the wind is flowing the opposite way as it is now. Even strong
Santa Ana winds, which blow from the east, would probably have trouble bringing the smell down to ground level on the San Fernando Valley floor as the
wind should just push it out to sea at a few 1000 feet or so. Consider that even the strongest Santa Ana winds never brings desert dust to the valley
Two. The fish die off at Salton is nothing new and has happened before. The artificial sea's balance is thrown off easily. So, were this to be the
case, the smell sequence would be repeated over and over.
Three. I'm not an expert, but it seems to me that smells of this kind will dissipate over time and distance. 100 miles, taking some hour or two to
arrive suggest to me a hint of smell at best, but not the strong odor that is being reported.
Four. Another poster mentioned the smell is being noticed in areas north, they mentioned SF. As far as I know - I'm not an expert, the winds do not
go from Indio County to SF City at all, ever.
Five. Forget about dead fish, are there are examples of areas where smells from certain events traveled 100+ miles, or even 400+ miles? If so, where
the smells a steady flow, like a chemical plant pouring out the offending chemical, or is there and example of one smelling a hint of smell like a dab
People, especially scientists, tend to fall back on easy explanations when they can't find an explanation for something that people demand answers
too. While it is entirely possible a few rotting fish corpses are causing people 100 miles away to call the authorities, I highly doubt this. As for
the volcano's, the could be simply venting, as the do - better to vent then not.