Live-Tweeting The Weather Log For The Trinity Test (1945)


The opera “Dr. Atomic” premieres at the Santa Fe Opera on Saturday, July 14. This will be its first performance so close to Los Alamos.

To commemorate the events of the opera, Nuclear Diner will live-tweet the weather reports for the Trinity test of the first nuclear device to be exploded. The weather reports were significant, because this time of year is monsoon season, and thunderstorms surrounded the test site.

The Twitter account is @NuclearDiner. The live-tweet starts at 12:30 am Mountain Daylight Time July 16. You don’t need to be registered on Twitter to see the tweets, and you can read them later.

The photo is from the Santa Fe Opera’s tweet stream, which contains a great many from their dress rehearsal.

34 replies
  1. 1
    Adam L Silverman says:

    I’ve already seen this:

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    Not quite it, Adam.

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    NotMax says:

    From Dr. Heisenberg’s review of the play:

    “In the end, do I recommend you go see it? That remains uncertain.”


  4. 4
    Spanky says:

    @NotMax: “Well I saw it, but was it the same play you saw?”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Sorry, should’ve used a spoiler tag…//

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    raven says:

    My former boss just died.

    Her father wrote “I once asked her how she remained so positive when dealing with terminal cancer. She answered “Daddy I realized that I had two choices. I can be miserable or I can be happy. I choose to be happy.” At this difficult time let’s all follow her example.”

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    Mart says:

    My dad was present for the Trinity test.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mart: And how many heads do you have?

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    Spanky says:

    @raven: In the pre-dawn hours earlier this week that same thought came to me, that being happy was a choice. We choose how we see the world, and how we order our priorities.

    I choose to think that she let loose that thought that I caught as it flew by. Peace to you and all who loved her.

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    Yarrow says:

    @raven: Very sorry. It was a long haul for her. I remember you writing about her quite some time ago. That lesson she leaves us with is a wise one.

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    raven says:

    @Yarrow: Yep, she really lived life to the fullest right up to the end.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: I’m so sorry. Not unexpected, but final.

    And great advice from your boss. Will you still go to Houston?

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: Yea, she left her position with us about 18 months ago. It’s been challenging for her replacement because she was so highly thought of but he has handled it well. I’m somewhat relieved because I know she didn’t want to live the way it had been going for the last couple of months. She and I were colleagues for over 10 years and then she became my boss. I was her go-to-guy for venting and she vented a lot! I always had gems like “it all pays the same” and “is that really the hill you want to die on’!

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    Aleta says:

    The quotes and photos posted at the SFeO are something; thanks. A friend here is taking the train across the country to see the opera.

    The weather tweets, great idea, will be interesting to read.

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    Mary G says:

    @raven: Sounds like she was a friend as well as a boss; I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    raven says:

    @Mary G: Oh yea, we went through some crazy times. She didn’t always make the best decisions and I had a great deal of practice at that.

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    Teddys Person says:

    Looks like wankers aways over in merry ole England.

    Brian Stelter

    >>@PiersMorgan confirms to me that he just taped an interview with President Trump. “30 mins on camera. To air on ITV,” Morgan says.

    11:40 AM – Jul 13, 2018

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    Redshift says:

    @raven: Glad to hear things have worked out for the new guy; that can be a tough situation. In my wife’s first job in her new career, she took over for a beloved predecessor who had been killed in a car accident, and they basically all treated her like crap the whole time she was there because she wasn’t that woman.

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    raven says:

    @Redshift: Yea, he’s a pretty high level admin and we work with people all over the state and I think having myself and my colleague being positive has helped. It’s a good relationship for everyone and I know she appreciated that as she observed from afar.

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    Immanentize says:

    @raven: I’m sorry, raven. But thank you for sharing her Dad’s comment. Always worth remembering.

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    Ruckus says:

    My first response is “How can you not be miserable with cancer?” I couldn’t. My second response is based upon my sister. “It’s not the cancer, it’s not the dying. It’s that the unknown is gone.”
    When you’re in hospice, for the last time, you get to finally know your future.

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    Ruckus says:

    The best way to live. Look what it brought her in the end.
    Condolences for your and humanities loss.

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    Ruckus says:

    Now that’s a great line!

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    VOR says:

    @Teddys Person: Last interview with Trump was The Sun, where he called it “Fake News” right up until they released the recorded audio. I wonder how long it will take Trump to denounce his Piers Morgan interview after it gets critical comments? How dare they quote him accurately?

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    rikyrah says:

    Sorry for your loss.
    I don’t have that kind of grace. Bless her.😥😥

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    rikyrah says:

    I love that they released the audio without hesitation.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Wow, Cheryl, how long is the production going to be at the Opera? I am heading down to NM at the end of July. Wonder if my sis would be into seeing it! If it’s not already sold out!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @raven: Oh, raven, sorry to hear it. I know you’ve mentioned her before and how high an opinion of her you had.

    I’ll take that “choose to be happy” thought under advisement. It comes at a very apropos moment.

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    @Miss Bianca: The SF Opera season ends the middle of August or so. Check their website. When I bought tickets a couple of months ago, the Dr. Atomic performances were getting sold out pretty quickly. But sometimes they add a performance for a very popular opera.

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    Gary K says:

    If things haven’t changed, the stage at Santa Fe Opera has no rear wall, and one just looks through into pitch black dotted by some distant lights, and I think those are the lights of Los Alamos. If so, the ironic effect also plays out in a production of Madama Butterfly, which is set in Nagasaki.

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    frosty says:

    @raven: You’ve got a lot of gems. I advised a young colleague to FIDO a couple of weeks ago. She was somewhat taken aback. :-)

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    @Gary K: The rear wall can be closed or open, and those are the lights of Los Alamos.

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