Talk:Operation Fishbowl

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Created a new article for Operation Fishbowl to replace the former redirect to the article on the much larger Operation Dominic program. This article has been badly needed to fill the gap between other articles such as the Starfish Prime article and the article about the much larger Operation Dominic nuclear testing program. Many other articles mention Operation Fishbowl without having an article to link to. Operation Fishbowl was responsible for many important scientific discoveries due to the uniqueness of some of the phenomena related to high-altitude nuclear explosions. These phenomena include high-altitude electromagnetic pulse and the generation of aurora in the opposite hemisphere of the high-altitude detonation. In addition, the Starfish Prime article is badly in need of a re-write, and this Operation Fishbowl article will make the re-write of that article, and others, much easier. X5dna (talk) 06:58, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

Time Zones[edit]

I have corrected the local time zone in the main table in the article. It had shown LINT, which is Line Island Time. The Line Islands are actually now on the opposite side of the International Date Line from Johnston Island (due to a change made in the 1990s) although the Line Islands are east of Johnston Island. (During the era of above-ground nuclear testing, the Line Islands were east of the International Date Line, and now they are on the west side.)

Johnston Island currently observes Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time, which is UT minus 10 hours, although I have seen conflicting information regarding whether this time was observed in 1962. Some sources indicate that, in 1962, Johnston Island Time was UT minus 11 hours. (In any case, Johnston Island has always been east of the International Date Line.) If anyone has conclusive information about the time zone that was observed by Johnston Island in 1962, please leave that reference on this talk page or give it as a reference in the main article. X5dna (talk) 10:27, 3 February 2014 (UTC

I found one of the references for Johnson Island time in 1962. It is: Hoerlin, Herman "United States High-Altitude Test Experiences: A Review Emphasizing the Impact on the Environment" Report LA-6405, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. October 1976.
This is one of the references in the main text. According to it, Johnston Island time was UT minus 11 hours, or Hawaii time minus one hour, at the time of the high-altitude tests of both 1958 and 1962. X5dna (talk) 13:32, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
Great find, X5dna. I'll adjust my table data, "inventing" the name JIT for Johnston Island Time. It must have been a pain to be working both Johnston at -11 and Kiritimati at +14 at the same time during Dominic. SkoreKeep (talk) 16:37, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
Actually, Kiritimati wasn't on UT+14 at the time of the nuclear testing. They switched to the opposite side of the International Date Line on January 1, 1995 and became UT+14 on that date. See International_Dateline#Eastern_Kiribati.
What I found even more strange was that, according to the Herman Hoerlin report, the Hardtack Yucca test was done using Eniwetok Daylight Saving Time. I was surprised that a region that close to the equator would use DST. (They haven't used DST for the past several years.) I would like to get a second reference for the Eniwetok time for the Hardtack Yucca test. Herman Hoerlin should know what he is writing about with respect to Johnston Island, though, since he was actually on the island documenting things during all of the high-altitude testing. It looks like there were probably a lot of time zone changes in the Pacific in the first decades after World War II, especially as jurisdictions changed, and especially during the Pacific Proving Grounds era. X5dna (talk) 07:06, 27 February 2014 (UTC)