Your Radiation This Week No 15

Rocky Mountain Nat Park
Rocky Mountain Nat Park

(San Francisco) Aug 1, 2015 – Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park


*Listed in Counts per Minute, a Count is One Radioactive Decay Registered by the Instrument.

Partial Counts are noted. Uncounted radiation makes the actual Count higher and more dangerous.

Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. [6]

  •  560 CPM, 112 Times Normal, Concord, NH. Gamma and Beta.
  •  355 CPM, 71 Times Normal, Boston, MA. Gamma only.
  •  424 CPM, 84.9 Times Normal, New York City, NY. Gamma and Beta. Last known Combined report.
  •  844 CPM, 168.8 Times Normal, Pittsburgh, PA. Gamma and Beta.
  •  602 CPM, 120.4 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Gamma only.
  •  373 CPM, 74.6 Times Normal, Atlanta, GA. Gamma only.
  •  502 CPM, 100.4 Times Normal, Miami, FL. Gamma only.
  •  258 CPM, 51.6 Times Normal, Chicago, IL. Gamma only.
  •  689 CPM, 137.8 Times Normal, Ft Wayne, IN. Gamma and Beta.
  •  258 CPM, 51.6 Times Normal, Indianapolis, IN. Gamma only.
  •  343 CPM, 68.6 Times Normal, St Paul, MN. Gamma and Beta.
  •  706 CPM, 141.2 Times Normal, Lincoln, NE. Gamma and Beta.
  •  297 CPM, 59.4 Times Normal, Des Moines, IA. Gamma only.
  •  340 CPM, 68 Times Normal, Aberdeen, SD. Gamma only.
  •  232 CPM, 46.4 Times Normal, Rapid City, SD. Gamma only. 
  •  427 CPM, 85.4 Times Normal, Kansas City, KA. Gamma only. Last report
  •  460 CPM, 90 Times Normal, Tulsa, OK. Gamma only.
  •  668 CPM, 133.6 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Gamma and Beta.
  •  443 CPM, 88.6 Times Normal, Dallas, TX. Gamma and Beta.
  •  454 CPM, 90.8 Times Normal, San Angelo, TX. Gamma and Beta.
  •  237 CPM, 47.4 Times Normal, Lubbock, TX. Gamma only.
  •  444 CPM, 88.8 Times Normal, South Valley, NM. Gamma only.
  •  530 CPM, 106 Times Normal, Albuquerque, NM. Gamma and Beta. Off line. Last report.
  •  340 CPM, 68 Times Normal, Grand Junction, CO. Gamma only.
  •  927 CPM, 185.4 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Gamma only.
  •  434 CPM, 86.4 Times Normal, Phoenix, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
  •  698 CPM, 139.6 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Gamma and Beta.
  •  225 CPM, 45 Times Normal, Las Vegas, NV. Gamma only.
  •  536 CPM, 107.2 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Gamma only.
  •  825 CPM, 165 Times Normal, Bakersfield, CA. Gamma and Beta. Off line. Last report.
  •  302 CPM, 60.4 Times Normal, Los Angeles, CA. Gamma only.
  •  253 CPM, 50.6 Times Normal, San Francisco, CA. Gamma only.
  •  461 CPM, 92 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 927 CPM!

Pittsburgh, PA, a not surprising leader on the list, takes Bakersfield, CA’s old spot for second place. Pittsburgh is surrounded by nuclear power plants, including Three Mile Island’s Reactor No 2, which exploded and melted down on March 28, 1979.

Stay tuned to Your Radiation Weather This Week for more on this exciting development in your Rad weather. We’ll watch the race between Bakersfield and Pittsburgh for second place in Rad Weather.

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. However, we are not completely helpless in dealing with a deadly enemy. The Rad can be detected and counted by costly machines.

With such a long history of rising radiation in the US, a comparison was added to each city’s measurement line in this edition. I hope it is information you find useful.

The addition tells how many Times greater the current measured Rad is than normal radiation. It is done by dividing a current city’s Rad number by Five CPM.

For Boston and other cities, the new phrase tells you how many Times greater the current radiation is than the normal radiation. There is no confidence the Rad count and associated Lethality will decrease a bunch in our future. Your Rad Weather is what it is.

CPM comparison

The comparison is calculated after the CPM readings for this week are known in listed American Cities. This week’s maximum radioactivity is divided by the normal radioactivity to produce a multiple of the Normal radioactivity.

For Boston, 355 CPM divided by 5 CPM equals 71 Times Normal radiation. Divide by 20 CPM for a comparison between this week’s radiation and the former high Normal level.

This is not an abstract number with no direct connection to this week’s Rad Weather in your neighborhood. It is direct and continuous. Your body is affected by your Rad Weather every second of every day.

There are many ways to lie and sugar coat the Rad Weather. I choose none of that crap. Take all appropriate precautions and actions you can afford. The human body that is affected is your own. You will know what to do. Study up!

Lowest CPM of the reporting American cities

The prized spot for lowest of the radiated cities goes to Las Vegas, NV with 225 CPM, only 45 Times normal radiation. Of course, they only report Gamma radiation, like Billings, MT; but lower.

Still, Las Vegas this week was 45 times the normal radiation. That gives a weekend in Las Vegas a whole ‘nother meaning! For the listed cities this is as good as it gets this week. For your radiation weather this week watch the YRTW list! Find the location closest to you and be alert.

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

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  Don’t skip the “2” in www2.

2. The EPA based reporting of, an LLC. The Subscription version is more complete.

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.”  Copyright @ 2015 Keison International Ltd – All Rights Reserved.

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  1. Thank you Bob for your good work!

    If you’re readers are paying attention, these reports are remarkable, because the published radiation counts, single and/or double isotope CPM’s, for those recorded cities/locales are more accurately…100’s/1000’s times more. 90% of those counts published are for one single isotope like Cesium. Since we know Cesium doesn’t travel alone, it is part of an amalgamation and travels in suspension with 100’s/1000’s of other transuranics, plutonium and other equally as deadly actinides, what are the actual CPM’s that are not counted?

    Cisco from

    • Hello Cisco! … Very good to see you over here at VT. I certainly do appreciate your comments in the Comment section of ENENEWS. For VT readers it’s a first rate nuke news aggregator, in part because of folks’ comments. A very knowledgeable group they are. That URL is if viewers want to take a look.

      You’re exactly right, Cisco. For my own info, I personally use a CPM Multiplier for the active radioactive cores and a different Multiplier for the big, deep swimming pools full of old, partially used cores. The multipliers will be the subject of a future YRTW column. It is a tad complicated; but, that just makes it more challenging.

      It is very helpful to know the age of the cores, burn rate and the number of days since they were removed from the reactor. The active cores are another matter entirely; but, the same calculation applies.

      Bob Nichols
      VT Columnist

  2. Thank you Bob for posting these numbers each week. Missed you the few weeks in July. I have been making comments all over sending folks to compare YRTW readings since April 3, 2015. Then asking , “Why you suppose they started listing cpm nationwide, weekly?” Far too many ppl just haven’t a clue about this. Bravo to you & thank you again, ever so kindly.

    • Thank you very much, Kristina, I appreciate you writing in and your comment very much.

      Sadly, all we can do is all we can do. If folks refuse to see or are too afraid, the outcome for them is the same. I call these poor souls the “shorts” for the short lived isotopes. Just move on to the next person, for they are truly people with a shortened life expectancy. … sad it is; but, realistic. The only difference between us is I get the refuge and protection of VT and a bigger audience.

      Bob Nichols
      VT Columnist

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