What's the Deal With Arkansas' Radioactive Snow?

What’s the Deal With Arkansas’ Radioactive Snow?

Daren Foraday believes the radioactive snow in White Country, Arkansas reaches dangerous levels

Daren Foraday believes the radioactive snow in White Country, Arkansas reaches levels dangerous to health

On January 15, White County, Arkansas resident Daren Foraday walked outside to play in the fresh snow. No, not with his sled.. but with his geiger counter. What he found, levels of radiation comparable to the kind exposed to workers in a radioactive plant, disturbed him.

Foraday, a self proclaimed “science nerd”, wonders why the citizens exposed to the snowfall weren’t warned of it’s levels. According to Daren, the area around White County generally clocks in at 35cpm in background radiation, but after the snowfall that number was much higher.

“The sleet and snow was showing an alert level above 100cpm,” he wrote. “The high levels only lasted about 24 hours indicating a short half life of the hot particles. This kind of exposure can reduce the immune system and may be the cause for recent spikes in flu and illness in this area and others. We can only assume because the event was short lived is why they are not warning parents to keep there children out of this unsafe wintery mix.”

Dr. Jeff Gaffney, UALR chemistry professor, doesn’t believe that the levels, which have risen as high as 240cpm, are anything to be concerned about about.


“We monitor this stuff all the time,” he told KARK News. “Until you get to tens of thousands of counts I’d stop worrying about it.”

Foraday isn’t convinced, however, insisting that parents keep their children from playing in the snow, or worse, putting it in their mouths.

“Not creating panic or concern seems to be more important than public safety,” he wrote. “Why warn parents exposure to the snow and sleet is equal to flying at 30000 feet or exposure levels for nuclear plant workers right?”

You can check out Foraday’s video of the radiation test below, and remember.. don’t eat the yellow, glowing snow.

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First, Geiger counters aren’t like thermometers where it takes time to measure the temperature because the thermometer has to equalize with the environment. Geiger counters will instantly display the radiation measured. If you leave it in one place and the readings start to rise and plateau then something is wrong with your counter. They have temperature operating ranges and if it’s too cold or too hot it will degrade their accuracy. Second, he’s comparing the reading from the volume of air in his house to surface objects on the ground and his car. Radiation decreases with the inverse square law.… Read more »

How did Americans get to the point of thinking that feeding their children amounts of radiation similar to those found at nuke sites is okay? In fact why is consuming/inhaling/ingesting ANY extra amounts of radioactivity okay with American parents?

Stupid parents equals dead kids.

First, let me say that guy Chew is dead wrong. Geiger counters do need sample time to get a reading ,the longer the better in fact. There is nothing wrong with the methods shown in the video. What the guy says is accurate. What he did not ever say, is you would get “radiation sickness” from this radiation. So, stop thinking that is what he meant. You are wrong. He spoke of a lowered immune system – not radiation sickness- totally different things. Radiation kills cells, that is how it hurts you. So the more cells that die the sicker… Read more »

Chew is not wrong at all. You crackpot conspiracy theorists are so incredibly arrogant with your opinions… He is dead right about the lack of scientific method in this video, there are no controls. Also there is no indication what TYPE of radiation we are talking about here. That makes a MASSIVE difference… with sentences such as ‘Radiation kills cells, that is how it hurts you. So the more cells that die the sicker you become. ‘ you obviously have no idea what you are talking about…