Radiation Station Glendale California
Dale Ramicone aka Dr Solar
Inspector Alert detecting in Counts Per Minute (CPM)
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2014/04/02 at 4:24 pm
Radiation Station East, Glendale, CA: 3:30 PM rain sample 54.5 CPM vs 41.5 CPM background, 10 minute averages. That is 31% over background.
Rain was falling heavily, during a thunderstorm, lightning occurring less than 1/2 mile away.
This 31% figure over background level indicates some excess radiation was present.
2014/02/28 at 9:27 pm
Third Glendale CA rain sample for Feb 28, 2014 9:25 PM: 40.6 CPM 10 minute average, 38.5 CPM background. This sample is not showing any significant excess radiation.
2014/02/28 at 11:37 am
Glendale rain sample Feb 28, 2014, 11:30 AM, 44.8 CPM, background is 43.1 CPM. Rain sample was collected in a clean dish with paper towel absorber pad. The background and sample readings were both 10 minute averages. There seems to be little, if any, excess radiation in this storm.
2014/02/27 at 12:29 pm
Two rain samples each returned 10 minute averages of 40.7 CPM. The Background radiation measured 37.8 CPM over a 10 minute average.
Sample 1 was collected from rainwater clinging to leaves, and sample 2 from a dish exposed to the open sky containing an inch of rainwater. In the later case, 1/2 oz of water was sucked up using a clean kitchen baster and filtered through a coffee filter.
2013/12/19 at 2:43 pm
Rain sample #1 Glendale,CA: 53.0 CPM, background at 40.6 CPM
Rain sample #2 Glendale,CA: 80.8 CPM, background at 40.6 CPM
Both samples were collected directly on a paper towel standing in a container 2 feet above the ground. The first sample is 31% over background, the second, taken 1 hour later is 99% over background. I’ve used a paper shield and aluminum foil shield on the second sample. The reading is 73.0 and 63.6 CPM respectively. Ten minute averages were taken to determine all CPM statistics.
2012/10/11 at 2:44 pm
Glendale CA, Radiation Station: Rain, Thunderstorm
10 minute background: 36.6 CPM
10 minute rain sample: 44.8 CPM
22% over background. Not bad.
2012/04/26 at 2:56 pm
Glendale, CA rain sample 4/26/2011 2:50 PM, 41.2 CPM vs. 35.8 CPM background. That’s about 15% over background, which is nearly normal.
2012/04/26 at 11:13 am
Rain Sample 11:00 AM 4/26/2012, Glendale CA. 41.2 CPM, background is 34.6. That’s near normal, 19% over background.
Glendale mist reading collected from wiped windshield, 1356 for 10 min timing. That’s 135.6 CPM while background measures 35. That’s 3.86X background.
2012/04/13 at 1:28 pm
Third Glendale rain sample, this time from a thunderstorm with lightning less than 1/2 mile away. 10 minute timing with the Inspector Alert produced a result of 45.8 CPM. Still very good, not much over background even for rain likely originating higher up in the atmosphere.
2012/04/13 at 11:26 am
Here are the numbers on Glendale, CA rain collected at 11:05 AM on 4/13/2012 . This second rain sample was collected the same way as the first one, directly from falling rain onto a paper towel which was resting on a clean plastic Ziploc storage bag.
background 10 min count 423 (42.3 CPM)
Rain sample 10 min count 460 (46.0 CPM)
8% over background. Cool rain in Glendale!
2012/04/13 at 10:55 am
Here are the numbers on Glendale, CA rain collected at 10:20 AM on 4/13/2012 . The rain was collected directly from falling rain onto a paper towel which was resting on a clean plastic Ziploc storage bag.
background 10 min count 423 (42.3 CPM)
Rain sample 10 min count 531 (53.1 CPM)
25% over background. Not especially hot.
2012/04/11 at 12:05 pm
Freshly collected Glendale CA rain sample. I took a ten minute timing with the Inspector Alert of a soaked paper towel exposed directly to the rain. The reading was 440, (44.0 CPM). This is barely over background level which was 41.2 CPM.
2012/04/11 at 11:02 am
Tested Glendale CA rain left over from the recent storm.
Background 10 min timing was 412 (41.2 CPM)
Wiped wet surface of rooftop solar panels 10 min timing was 604 (60.4 CPM)
Wicked up small puddle from trash can lid was 383 (38.3) CPM
It seems the difference is grime that was on the surface of the panels. Retesting the solar panel sample inside a plastic bag produced a 10 min count of 543 (54.3 CPM).
A second retest of the solar panel sample produced a 10 minute count of 501 (50.1 CPM)
It’s more than just alpha, but is decaying fairly quickly.
Clean Rain in Glendale, CA!
2012/03/17 at 10:47 am
Glendale Radiation Station East 3/17/2012 10:30 AM
Rain Sample 10 min avg CPM: 43.4
Background 10 min avg CPM: 42.3
Clean Rain! Enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day!
2012/02/27 at 11:32 am
Glendale, CA rain sample, 2/27/2012 11:00 AM 10 min avg CPM is 45.8, prior 10 min background count is 35.2. That’s 30% over background. This sample was taken by placing a paper towel directly in a light rain shower. The towel was damp, but not totally soaked.
2012/02/13 at 11:35 am
I have just completed a test of Glendale rain 11:00 AM Feb 13, 2012. I cleaned and dried my windshield inside my garage, rolled the car back into the light rain falling outside, and then collected a sample of rain on a paper towel from the wet windshield. A 10 minute background count of the dry paper towel was 425 CPM. The 10 minute average of the rain soaked paper towel sample taken from my windshield was 801 CPM, about 88% over background. Not as hot as the sample taken in Santa Monica, which is only about 15 miles from this location. So, your radiation mileage may vary! You can see the record video of this test at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20428685
2011/11/20 at 4:21 pm
Glendale CA rain at 2:50 PM PST is 147% of background.
86.2 vs. 34.8 CPM using 10 min averages.
2011/11/20 at 12:47 pm
Glendale, CA rain measures 34.7% over background at 11:30 AM PST 11/20/2011
51.2 CPM vs 38.0 CPM background.
2011/11/07 at 12:18 am
I am searching for radiation, but I’m focusing my attention on foods which may come from Japan, near Japan, or be contaminated by the North American jet stream. I am periodically checking beer, teas, grains, soy beans, cereals, leafy vegetables, and some home grown vegetables, but particularly those products aimed at children. I can’t check everything but I plan to do more than just casual testing. That radiation is out there, and I’m sure we will find it if we keep testing.
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2011/11/06 at 10:00 pm
Update on Glendale, CA: 2.5 hours after sample taken, 10 min count is now 442, down from 1st 10 min count of 2758. In CPM then, the original 275.8 CPM is now down to background of 44.2 CPM. The rapid decay and short half life are probably radon progeny. This additional radiation might well be originating from Fukushima.
2011/11/06 at 7:58 pm
Glendale, CA: That rain sample CPM count decline from 2758 to 927 is 1 hr 30 min., not 1 min 30 seconds.
2011/11/06 at 7:56 pm
Glendale CA, 7:54, rain sample reads 927 after 1:30 min. It’s much reduced from the earlier 2,758.
2011/11/06 at 6:50 pm
Glendale, CA 6:47 pm: I just finished the background 10 minute count. It’s 450. That means the rain sample at 2758 CPM is almost 5.13 X BG! I’d say there seems to be a bit ‘o Fukushima visiting Southern California tonight.
2011/11/06 at 6:35 pm
Glendale CA, 6:25 pm: Just drove through the tail end of a thunderstorm, then took a sample from the driver’s front windshield, side mirror and hood. Not particularly dirty looking, just wet. Ready for this count? Here it is… 2758!
I mean should I really have taken that sample without gloves? Jeez. Typical background is 429. I’m taking that count now. 543% over typical BG!
2011/11/04 at 7:53 pm
Glendale, CA rain after 2 hours, reads 413 CPM, a non-detect. Short half-life rain contaminates are likely to be radon progeny.
2011/11/04 at 6:48 pm
After 1 hour, the Glendale CA rain sample measured 501 CPM. Very rapid decay, indicating a short half life.
2011/11/04 at 6:08 pm
Glendale, CA light rain at 5:25 PM 11/4/2011, 10 min CPM count 807, background 10 min CPM was 429. That’s an 88% increase! Radiation in the rain in Southern California. See the test on Ustream, http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/18313015
2011/10/20 at 10:19 pm
I added a paper shield and then a four layer thick aluminum foil shield to the roasted seaweed radiation test. The radiation level was virtually the same. This appears to be primarily gamma radiation at 31% over background. See the video test at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-rad-testing
2011/10/20 at 9:58 pm
I just tested a homegrown tomato from a backyard in Hillsboro Oregon. This sample tested OK, a non-detect. However, a roasted seaweed snack bought from a well known grocery chain tested 31% over background. See the tests at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-rad-testing
2011/10/20 at 9:11 pm
Hi Raddies! I’m glad to see such interest and participation with testing of home grown vegetables. I have a home grown tomato from Portland Oregon which I’m about to test. It’s been grown out in the open with the Portland rain. Was it hot rain? We will soon see. Live testing will begin at 9:15 PM PDT. Check it out at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-rad-testing at Enviroreporter.com (East)
2011/10/19 at 8:47 pm
See the current test of canned Japanese Green Tea product, running live and Enviroreporter.com East http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-rad-testing
So far, after testing two common cereal products, I have two non-detects!
2011/10/19 at 8:22 pm
Check out live testing of a common cereal product at Enviroreporter.com East!
2011/10/05 at 4:58 pm
2:45 PM: Glendale, CA: Inspector Alert reads 41.4 CPM 10 minute average background count. Then wiped rain from clean windshield and retested. 10 minute average was 72.7 CPM, a 75.6% increase. Immediately repeated 10 minute averaging test with alpha shield in place, reading was 67.7 CPM, 63% over background. We are definitely seeing a hot rain in Southern California.
2011/09/22 at 5:22 pm
I’m going to stay out of the rain! And I’m purchasing an Inspector to check my Corn Flakes and Cheerios before I eat them. My family often eats products from Japanese grocery stores and restaurants, and I’ll check those items as well. Since, even American agricultural products are likely to be contaminated, it will be prudent to check everything now. Food from the Southern Hemisphere may be less contaminated, but I can’t buy everything I eat from those sources.