Pat Shingleton for Dec. 9, 2012 

Friday marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the weather that day was sunny and 70. The impending attack by the Japanese Imperial forces was not deterred by weather; however, coded covert weather terminology was used to alert oversees officials before 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 HIGASHI NO 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. Fastcast: Cloudy