One doesn’t expect to find radioactive rain in storm systems generated south of the Jet Stream funneling hot nuclear goo in the atmosphere from Fukushima across the Pacific into the United States and Canada. But that’s just what we found (though in the narration of the following clip I incorrectly speculate that that’s the case). Indeed, the storm system that brought this rain to Bryce Canyon National Park was from a series of week-long freak storms that trundled across Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and beyond from south of the Jet Stream which, at the same time, dropped hot rain on the region north of St. Louis 133 times background as reported by our colleague at Potrblog.com.
The rain tested here came in at 258% of background radiation higher than normal. the most disturbing part of this rain was the normal readings we got holding the Inspector up to the inside of the windshield which yielded no increase at all. This suggests that the rain we tested that fell on Bryce Canyon outside of the visitors center was alpha-dominant because alpha can certainly be stopped by glass (as well as less dense barriers like paper and human skin).
The problem is two-fold with this detection: First off, we did not expect to see any radiation in rains generated off of the Mexico/California coast that float eastward far south of the Jet Stream. Even at the half year mark since the ongoing and worsening Fukushima Daiichi triple nuclear reactor meltdowns, it was hoped that rains south of the Jet Stream were relatively uncontaminated by this airborne fallout (much like the crucial observation of Potrblog during his 4,000 road trip in July that “Storms moving East to West from Africa via the hurricane Corridor tended to have ZERO radioactivity.”) Secondly, since the rain we detected with our Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor seemed to indicate a strong alpha radiation presence, then the rain was far more dangerous that the 258% of previous background higher would indicate. That’s because alpha radiation is 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous than its beta or gamma counterparts.
For Denise and I to detect this alpha radiation in Bryce Canyon National Park at such high levels was especially depressing. Our national parks are America’s backyard. National parks are perhaps one of the greatest ideas this country has ever come up with. And there we were watching happy tourists from all over the globe, speaking a rainbow of foreign tongues, walking happily in the unusual late summer storm contaminated by alpha radiation that probably came from Japan and has worked its way south of the Jet Stream in increasing concentrations.
9/12/11 [RAIN CAME FROM SOUTH AS PART OF A NON-JET STREAM SYSTEM]
3:00 pm SPOT CHECK OF NEW RAIN in front of the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center after thunder burst = ~114 CPM or 258% OF PREVIOUS BACKGROUND HIGHER
2:50 pm SPOT CHECK OF AVERAGE in front of the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center near Lodge at Bryce Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84717; elevation 7,956 ft = ~43 CPM