Even in the widespread valley fog caused by auspicious radiating conditions and wet soil, the President will not lose sight of his “shadow,” the officer-silhouette toting the pigskin whose innards are top secret.
Though water vapor imagery depicts only a gradual approach of an upstream short wave and heavy overcast will be slow to depart, the nuclear bomb’s core and trigger, stored separately, can be fetched for assembly pronto.
Despite a low amplitude ridge of high pressure that will give way to a more zonal pattern with a diffuse system and an unsteady dry front, the long-range bombers with pre-armed nuclear bombs are always aloft and ready.
Although the southern edge of the westerlies will get close enough to introduce high thin clouds but the low to mid levels will remain too dry to support any precipitation, the codes could still be transmitted, for inundation.
Philip Fried’s seventh book of poetry, Squaring the Circle, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry early in 2017. His previous book, Interrogating Water & Other Poems (Salmon, 2014), which focuses on the national security state and its shadow wars, was praised by The Guardian for “the valor and vision of its protest.”