The weather in the next few days will be a major factor in the rescue and recovery efforts for the earthquake disaster regions of Japan.
Over the last few days weather conditions have been somewhat favorable in terms of clearer skies, but temperatures at night have been dipping down close to freezing.
For any trapped survivors under the debris or in standing water, this means a greater possibility of hypothermia; a condition in which a person’s body core temperature drops below the required temperature for normal metabolism and body functions.
The weather forecast for the affected region unfortunately is not going to get better.
Several areas of low pressure moving in off northeastern China and the Sea of Japan will be bringing in some rain showers first by early Tuesday morning, and then as the temperatures begin to drop, we will see those showers turning to snow flurries.
High temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will only reach to the low single digits while the overnight lows could lower to -2C.
Another problem from the earthquake will be the diminished power output from the disabled nuclear power plants. This will cause rolling blackouts throughout the region.
Citizens will find themselves sporadically without heat for hot water and electricity for cooking. Officials say that this could go on indefinitely.