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Pat Shingleton: "12-7-'41, Sunny and 70"

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago December 08, 2013 Dec 8, 2013 Sunday, December 08 2013 December 08, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Yesterday marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack by the Japanese Imperial forces was not deterred by weather however coded covert weather terminology was used to alert oversees officials prior to the attack. As noted in a previous column,when Japanese-Soviet relations were broken the message would read, KITA NO KAZE KUMORI or "North wind, cloudy." If Japanese-British ties were cut, the message would read, NISHI NO KAZE HARE or "West wind, clear" and severing relations with the United States; the message would read, HIGASHINO KAZE AME, or "East wind, rain." The message was broadcast at the end of shortwave radio reports also alerting officials to destroy all sensitive documents.

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