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Monday, May 20, 2024


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 26-July 24.

Radiation counts are noted 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. [6]

South Valley, NM:  590 CPM, 29.5 to 118 times normal. Gamma only.

Miami, FL: 500 CPM, 25 to 100 times normal. Gamma only.

Atlanta, GA: 373 CPM, 18.6 to 74.6 times normal. Gamma only.

Raleigh, NC: 622 CPM, 31.1 to 124.4 times normal. Gamma only.

Pittsburgh, PA: 617 CPM, 30.8 to 123.4 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

New York, NY: 340 CPM, 17 to 68 times normal. Gamma only.

Boston, MA: 394 CPM, 17.2 to 68.8 times normal. Gamma only.

Concord, NH: 591 CPM, 29.5 to 195.6 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Chicago, IL: 263 CPM, 13.1 to 52.6 times normal. Gamma only.

Kansas City, KS: 427 CPM, 21.3 to 85.4 times normal. Gamma only.

Tulsa, OK: 334 CPM, 16.7 to 66.8 times normal, Tulsa, OK. Gamma only.

Little Rock, AR: 645 CPM, 32.2 to 129 times normal. Gamma and Beta.

Dallas, TX: 306 CPM, 15.3 to 61.2 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

San Angelo, TX: 463 CPM, 23.1 to 92.6 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Lubbock, TX: 275 CPM, 13.7 to 55 times normal, Lubbock, TX. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.

Fort Wayne, IN: 460 CPM, 23 to 92 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation. Off line. Last known report.

Indianapolis, IN: 423 CPM, 21.1 to 84.6 times normal. Gamma only.

St. Paul, MN: 383 CPM, 19.1 to 76.6 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Lincoln, NE: 704 CPM, 35.2 to 140.5 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Des Moines, IA: 586 CPM, 29.3 to 117.2 times normal. Gamma only.

Aberdeen, SD: 333 CPM, 16.6 to 66.6 times normal. Gamma only.

Rapid City, SD: 573 CPM, 28.6 to 114.6 times normal. Gamma only. Off line. Last known report.

Albuquerque, NM: 530 CPM, 26.6 to 106 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation. Off line. Last known report.

Grand Junction, CO: 377 CPM, 18.8 to 75.4 times normal. Gamma only.

Billings, MT: 869 CPM, 43.4 to 173.8 times normal. Gamma only.

Phoenix, AZ: 465 CPM, 23.2 to 93 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Tucson, AZ: 642 CPM, 32.1 to 128.4 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Las Vegas, NV: 225 CPM, 11.2 to 45 times normal. Gamma only.

San Diego, CA: 507 CPM, 25.3 to 101.4 times normal. Gamma only.

Bakersfield, CA: 855 CPM, 42.7 to 171 times normal. Gamma and Beta radiation.

Los Angeles, CA: 306 CPM, 15.3 to 61.2 times normal. Gamma only.

San Francisco, CA: 243 CPM, 12.1 to 48.6 times normal. Gamma only.

Spokane WA: 588 CPM, 29.4 to 117.6 times normal. Gamma only.


Congrats to Billings, MT. Billings is once again the Highest Recorded Radiation City in the United States this month with 869 CPM!

Bakersfield, CA 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 1% of the total reported Rad.


An 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.


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 U.S. Government has chosen to use Counts per Minute [CPM] as the standard way to measure radiation at their testing stations in the U.S. 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 U.S., I added a few words to each city’s measurement line in this edition – which 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 20 CPM.

Have a wonderful radioactive week and remember to Dodge the Rads – it’s dangerous out there!


  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.
  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 1963-69 — 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.

Bob Nichols is a Project Censored Award winning writer and a columnist whose work regularly appears in The Oklahoma Observer and on-line at A former bomb maker in a U.S. government factory in rural Oklahoma, he reports on the two nuclear weapons labs in the Bay Area.

@ Bob Nichols, 2015

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