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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Greg Newkirk

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Investigative filmmaker, professional monster chaser, and unapologetic mystery monger, Greg is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Week In Weird. When he's not occupied by chasing down the world’s most iconic mysteries as one half of the investigative duo Planet Weird, he acts as the ‘weird travel’ expert and head of video production for Roadtrippers. You can catch Greg in the special 2-hour episode of Finding Bigfoot, premiering March 31 at 9PM PST.
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  1. Chew

    01/31/2013 at 4:44 PM

    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. Double the distance from a source and the readings will decrease 4 fold. He doesn’t make any surface contact readings on objects not covered with snow, so he can’t say the high readings are only from the snow.

    Third, “alert situation”? Now he’s just making shit up. His Geiger counter has an alert setting that can be changed by the user and is completely arbitrary. He set the level, the level was met, and he cries the sky is falling.

  2. Grace

    02/01/2013 at 10:05 AM

    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.

  3. Greg

    03/05/2013 at 3:40 AM

    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 you become. No person has the same level of tolerance as we each live our own life exposed to radiation in different forms and levels. The news gave him 5 seconds to speak. How can you even begin to understand his concerns? Radiation is in the snow and rainfall. So we know that something is contaminating it. (100 cpm is the set level of alert for radiation -It means something might be contaminating the area. ) Low levels of radiation can for sure reduce health as even background radiation is not good for the body as all radiation is cumulative over your lifetime. What he did not get time to say was it is very possible that a radioactive isotope of barium is falling on us and we for sure do not want to be exposed to it. Readings of rainfall have been taken. It is certain that something is in that rainfall and it is not radon, unless the health dept is lying about the radon levels for this area. 12.5 percent above average they say and the tests of rainfall have been high- up to 500cpm 98 percent of the time. So the model for radon is not going to dismiss this event as natural. In 2009 a man captured the jet wash from the x’s the planes are making and had it tested. It was barium. (barium comes in many isotopes and many are very radioactive and harmful to immune system health.) This area is heavily chem-trailed before each radioactive rainfall. So if you want to attack someone then by all means attack my post. I have the data and the equipment and will be glad to set you straight. The man was right to send caution because the rainfall in this area is showing constant issues and the secret of air force spraying of water vapor clouds (chem-trail spraying),is no secret to informed scientists. It is not the radiation itself we should be most worried about, as it is only the marker for an accurate alert event. The chemical poison that contains this radiation, is the thing that will actually end up making you sick, by lowering your immune system. Watch this Arkansas news video link youtu.be/DNFy2xFPMIo if links are permitted.

    • Tom

      03/23/2013 at 9:14 AM

      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…

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