Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Weather Caused by Beaver Valley

The blue band is Beaver Valley's band of snow
In case you thought weather cannot be affected by human activity:
According to a post on the National Weather Service’s Facebook page, a small band of snow was generated by the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant in Shippingport.

About an inch of snow fell in the Gibsonia and Wexford area between 4 and 7 p.m.

It’s believed the steam from the plant interacted with the cold, which then caused it to snow.
This is all in Pennsylvania. It's a new one on me. The Washington Post has more on the story and a video explaining the (rather straightforward) science behind the weather generating nuclear facility.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It should be noted that along with Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2 there are three (3) coal fired units (Bruce Mansfield), that are about the same size in power generation as the nuclear plants, in the same area. This weather was not just caused by Beaver Valley Nuclear station, but a combination of all 5 power plants.