Image of day: Japan dries out


(Satellite image of the western Pacific and east Asia. Source: NOAA)

The combination of this strong flow and high pressure is a good thing, as the flow will tend to push radioactive matter in the atmosphere offshore and the high pressure will prevent the matter from rising and mixing into the atmosphere for long-range transport. Jeff Masters further explains this in an excellent blog post.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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