Winter storm Boreas left more than snow-capped peaks and rain-drenched salt flats in Death Valley National Park over the weekend as it continues its deadly march across the nation.
The rain in the California national park far exceeded normal radiation levels as detected by EnviroReporter.com in multiple tests across the huge desert landscape.
Radioactive rain gave added meaning to the name of the hottest place on Earth with the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere. Excessive manmade radiation like that uncovered by EnviroReporter.com can cause blood and bone cancers, leukemia and genetic mutations.
The rare sustained precipitation tested over 31.5 times normal background radiation levels outside of the park’s visitor’s center in Furnace Creek November 23. Earlier in the day, rain radiation in Stovepipe Wells 24 miles northwest of Furnace Creek registered 29.7 times background.
Boreas rain tested November 22 at the same Stovepipe Wells location in the morning came in at 4.6 times normal. Over 40 miles to the south that same day, the rain came in over 26.7 times the background of the area which is at 282 feet below sea level and called, appropriately enough, Badwater.
The first indication that something was wrong with the rain occurred November 21 when Boreas rains in Stovepipe Wells were measured at over 7 times normal background radiation. Ten minute averages for background radiation as well as the hot rain samples were performed to accurately assess the amount of the ionizing water that was raining down on the hundreds of tourists at the park who were clearly oblivious to the danger.
According to documents previously reported on by EnviroReporter.com, the California Highway Patrol considers any substance over three times background to be radioactive enough to warrant a hazardous materials response. The kind of radiation detected – beta radiation – includes some of the most prominent isotopes associated with nuclear disasters such as Cesium 137, Cesium 134 and Strontium 90.
The radiation’s probable source was the ongoing triple meltdowns at Fukushima Japan that began March 11, 2011. The hot water raining down on Death Valley was likely carried on the jet stream that brings precipitation across the Pacific from Japan to the West Coast of North America and then eastward.
The disparity in the radiation readings from location to location cannot be explained. Nor can two negative tests for radiation in Death Valley snow at higher elevations November 23 and 24 be resolved due to the testing limitations. In addition, Boreas rain tested in Simi Valley and Hemet, November 20 and November 21 respectively, came in relatively normal.
This is the highest level of radiation detected in rain water by EnviroReporter.com. No other news organization has performed more Fukushima-related radiation tests since the Japanese calamity began.
EnviroReporter.com has logged over 4,900 radiation tests with its associated Radiation Stations since four days after the world’s worst nuclear calamity started. The Boreas rain tests were videotaped to document the astonishing and disturbing readings.
California’s two nuclear reactor complexes at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre have not reported any massive radiation leaks that would have accounted for the huge radiation discoveries.
Now with the punishing Arctic storm system barreling through the Southwest, Midwest and up the Eastern Seaboard, radioactive rain threatens to make Thanksgiving 2013 even more dangerous than Boreas already portends.
EnviroReporter.com took special precautions to avoid exposure to Death Valley’s radioactive rain including staying out of it and wearing rain protection.
Thanksgiving travelers, especially pregnant women and children, would be well advised to avoid Boreas as much as prudently possible.
November 23, 2013
3:35pm INT SUV CAB RAIN SAMPLE at Furnace Creek Visitors Center parking lot, Death Valley National Park, CA: 1,087 CPM^ WHICH IS 31.5 TIMES BG HIGHER
3:20pm INT SUV CAB BACKGROUND at Furnace Creek Visitors Center parking lot, Death Valley National Park, CA: 34.5 CPM^
11:00am INT BACKGROUND WINTER STORM STOVEPIPE WELLS DEATH VALLEY RAIN SAMPLE #2: 14,580 CPM^ WHICH IS 29.7 TIMES BACKGROUND HIGHER
10:45am INT BACKGROUND Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley CA: 49.1 CPM^
November 22, 2013
2:25pm INT SUV CAB RAIN SAMPLE at Badwater, Death Valley National Park, CA: 1,232 CPM^ WHICH IS 26.7 TIMES BG HIGHER
2:10pm INT SUV CAB BACKGROUND at Badwater, Death Valley National Park, CA: 46.2 CPM^
9:53am INT BACKGROUND WINTER STORM BOREAS RAIN SAMPLE Stovepipe Wells #1, Death Valley CA after 22 hours: 61.1 CPM^ WHICH IS 18.2% HIGHER THAN PREVIOUS BACKGROUND
9:38am INT BACKGROUND WINTER STORM BOREAS RAIN SAMPLE Stovepipe Wells #2, Death Valley CA: 238.4 CPM^ WHICH IS 4.6 TIMES BACKGROUND HIGHER
9:10am INT BACKGROUND Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley CA: 51.7 CPM^
November 21, 2013
11:45am INT BACKGROUND WINTER STORM BOREAS RAIN SAMPLE Stovepipe Wells #1, Death Valley CA: 313.4 CPM^ WHICH IS 7.07 TIMES BACKGROUND HIGHER
11:30am INT BACKGROUND Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley CA: 44.3 CPM^
Before the radiation rains began, Denise Anne and Michael had a little fun in their favorite national park poking fun at themselves…