San Francisco) July 24, 2015 – Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this past 29 days around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.
*Listed in Counts per Minute, a Count is One Radioactive Decay Registered by the Instrument. High radiation counts are shown from June 24 to July 29, 2015.
Radiation counts are noted and and the types of radiation counted are listed. Uncounted radiation types make the actual Rad Count higher and more dangerous.
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. 
- 590 CPM, 29.5 to 118 Times Normal, South Valley, NM. Gamma only.
- 500 CPM, 25 to 100 Times Normal, Miami, FL. Gamma only.
- 373 CPM, 18.6 to 74.6 Times Normal, Atlanta, GA. Gamma only.
- 622 CPM, 31.1 to 124.4 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Gamma only.
- 617 CPM, 30.8 to 123.4 Times Normal, Pittsburgh, PA. Gamma and Beta.
- 340 CPM, 17 to 68 Times Normal, New York City, NY. Gamma only.
- 394 CPM, 17.2 to 68.8 Times Normal, Boston, MA. Gamma only.
- 591 CPM, 29.5 to 195.6 Times Normal, Concord, NH. Gamma and Beta Radiation.
- 263 CPM, 13.1 to 52.6 Times Normal, Chicago, IL. Gamma only.
- 427 CPM, 21.3 to 85.4 Times Normal, Kansas City, KA. Gamma only.
- 334 CPM, 16.7 to 66.8 Times Normal, Tulsa, OK. Gamma only.
- 645 CPM, 32.2 to 129 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Gamma and Beta.
- 306 CPM, 15.3 to 61.2 Times Normal, Dallas, TX. Gamma and Beta.
- 463 CPM, 23.1 to 92.6 Times Normal, San Angelo, TX. Gamma and Beta.
- 275 CPM, 13.7 to 55 Times Normal, Lubbock, TX. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.
- 460 CPM, 23 to 92 Times Normal, Ft Wayne, IN. Gamma and Beta. Off line. Last known report.
- 423 CPM, 21.1 to 84.6 Times Normal, Indianapolis, IN. Gamma only.
- 383 CPM, 19.1 to 76.6 Times Normal, St Paul, MN. Gamma and Beta.
- 704 CPM, 35.2 to 140.5 Times Normal, Lincoln, NE. Gamma and Beta.
- 586 CPM, 29.3 to 117.2 Times Normal, Des Moines, IA. Gamma only.
- 333 CPM, 16.6 to 66.6 Times Normal, Aberdeen, SD. Gamma only.
- 573 CPM, 28.6 to 114.6 Times Normal, Rapid City, SD. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.
- 530 CPM, 26.6 to 106 Times Normal, Albuquerque, NM. Gamma and Beta. Off line. Last known report.
- 377 CPM, 18.8 to 75.4 Times Normal, Grand Junction, CO. Gamma only.
- 869 CPM, 43.4 to 173.8 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Gamma only.
- 465 CPM, 23.2 to 93 Times Normal, Phoenix, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
- 642 CPM, 32.1 to 128.4 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
- 225 CPM, 11.2 to 45 Times Normal, Las Vegas, NV. Gamma only.
- 507 CPM, 25.3 to 101.4 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Gamma only.
- 855 CPM, 42.7 to 171 Times Normal, Bakersfield, CA. Gamma and Beta.
- 306 CPM, 15.3 to 61.2 Times Normal, Los Angeles, CA. Gamma only.
- 243 CPM, 12.1 to 48.6 Times Normal, San Francisco, CA. Gamma only.
- 588 CPM, 29.4 to 117.6 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Gamma only.
Highest Recorded Radioactive City in America This month
Congrats to Billings, Montana. Billings is once again the Highest Recorded Radiation City in the United States this month with 869 CPM!
Bakersfield, California again trails Billings with 855 CPM. Bakersfield and Billings have quite a deadly competition going for the most active Rad Weather.
The difference between Billings’ and Bakersfield’s Rad numbers is only 14 CPM points out of a reported Rad count of 1,724 Rad CPMs. That is such a small amount of Rad difference, less than One Percent of the total reported Rad.
An Unscheduled interruption
A unexpected computer glitch torpedoed the YRTW column June 26, 2015. The unscheduled downtime while the problem was addressed was welcome; but, it is good to be back at the job. Many Thanks to all the people who inquired about how I was doing. I appreciate it.
Normal Radiation and reported radiation in American cities
As you know, so-called Normal Radiation refers to the time before man-made radiation. Radioactive particles that escape mines, transportation, manufacturing, Nuke Labs, Bombs and Reactors are “wild” in the environment we all share. We can’t see the Rad poisons, nonetheless, they maim and kill us by the hundreds of millions and can be counted by machines.
The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] of the US Government has chosen to use Counts per Minute [CPM] as the standard way to measure Radiation at their testing stations in the US. Many Rad monitors have a “Click” or “Count” you can hear that alerts you to the presence of radiation.
Regular people must purchase their own radiation monitors or use a service like this column. We all can calculate how close a reporting Rad measuring station is from us and hope for the best. We are also quite free to buy our own private radiation monitor, if we have the money. They are not cheap.
With such a long history of rising radiation in the US, I added a few words to each city’s measurement line in this edition. I hope it is information you find useful.
Here’s the old line for Boston, MA from YRTW No 13:
344 CPM, Boston, MA. Gamma only.
The new line would read:
344 CPM, 17.2 to 68.8 Times Normal, Boston, MA. Gamma only. The Bold portion is the add, it will not be Bold in the regularly scheduled edition.
The addition tells how many Times greater the current measured Rad is than normal radiation. It is done by dividing the current cities’ Rad number by Five CPM and then separately by Twenty CPM.
For Boston, the new phrase tells you how many Times greater the current radiation is than the normal range of radiation. Should the Rads and the associated Lethality happen to decrease to a normal radiation range, that will be reported, also.
Previous editions of YRTW
Up to five previous editions of YRTW are listed at the end of each column. Each YRTW and all my previous VeteransToday columns are at http://www.veteranstoday.com/author/bobnichols/
Have a wonderful radioactive weekend and remember to Dodge the Rads, it’s dangerous out there!
Copyright by Bob Nichols @ 2015. Reproduce and distribute, give full attribution to Bob Nichols and Veterans Today.
Sources and Notes
1. The Radiation charts and graphs of the EPA at http://www2.epa.gov/radnet Don’t skip the “2” in www2.
2. The EPA based reporting of NETC.com, an LLC.
3. * This station’s Radiation equals combined Beta and Gamma Radiation. Note: Not all locations have reporting Beta Radiation Monitors. Gamma Radiation Monitors are functioning at all these locations.
4. “…If you pollute when you DO KNOW there is NO safe dose with respect to causing extra cases of deadly cancers or heritable effects, you are committing premeditated random murder.” – John W. Gofman, Ph.D., M.D. (1918-2007), associate director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 1963-1969) — Comments on a Petition for Rulemaking to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, May 21, 1994.
5. CPM. “Although we can’t see it, taste it, smell it or hear it we can measure radiation and observe its effects. One way to measure radiation which the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has chosen to use on its radiation websites is in Counts Per Minute. Each Count is One Radioactive Decay.” Quote from the ‘Your Radiation, This Week.’” Apr 3, 2015.
6. Digilert 100 Promotional Flyer pdf, “Normal background is 5-20 CPM.” http://keison.co.uk/seinternational_digilert100.shtml Copyright @ 2015 Keison International Ltd – All Rights Reserved.
Bob Nichols is a Project Censored Award winner, a former correspondent for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper and a frequent contributor to various online publications.
He reports on war, politics and the two nuclear weapons labs in the Bay Area. Nichols is writing a book based on 20 years of nuclear war in Central Asia. He is a former employee of an Army Ammunition Plant.
You are encouraged to write Nichols at [email protected]
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