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"Nuke Effect" Snow? Pennsylvania power plant spawns "nuclear" snow plume

Posted at 5:21 PM on January 23, 2013 by Paul Huttner (2 Comments)
Filed under: Radar

Just when I think I've seen everything.

Meteorologists have known for decades that waste plumes...the vented heat and moisture from power plants can produce clouds and showers downwind.

Now this phenomenon has been captured by Doppler radar.

"Nuke Effect" snow.

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Tower Effect

Everyone, I imagine, has heard of Lake Effect Snow.
I came up with the monicker Tower Effect Snow here about 10 years ago.
I was 'enjoying' some just a few minutes ago, as I was outside for a smoke.

The Cooling Towers do not have irradiated water flowing through them... therefore the plume has no chance of being radiologically contaminated.
That is the case for PWRs (Pressurized Water Reactors) as well as BWRs (Boiling Water Reactors) - the two types of commercial Nukes.

What I thought about, while outside for my cigarette, was the potential for Legionella or some other micro-organism that would find the environment of a cooling tower appealing.
And one would find them in cooling towers of all types, nuclear, coal, natgas, etc...

They're exactly that,

They're exactly that, steam.
They aren't irradiated.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooling_tower
Wiki has some general information.

Southern Agrarian

Not Steam

Vapor

While warmer than the frigid 10 degree air, what one witnesses at Cooling Towers everywhere is Water Vapor.

A Cloud.