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Monitoring Gamma Radiation

The Neighborhood Environmental Watch Network, known as NEWNET, is able to give early indications of increases in radiation due to radioactive particulates in the air.

Raton, NM
12/21/2001Mike McNaughtonThis station is malfunctioning and has been taken out of service.Station InfoData Graph
12/14/2001Mike McNaughtonThis station is malfunctioning. The data reported on December 13, ranging from 9.6 microR/h to 45.2 microR/h, are caused by equipment malfunction and are incorrect.Station InfoData Graph
12/13/2001Mike McNaughtonThe gamma data such as 29.1, 25.0, 22.4, and 23.7 microR/h on December 11 are the result of satellite transmission errors and are not correct.Station InfoData Graph
11/30/2001Mike McNaughtonThe gamma readings of 20.6, 22.9, 25.1, 19.2, and 2146 microR/h on November 28 and 29 are satellite transmission errors and are not correct.Station InfoData Graph
11/27/2001Mike McNaughtonThe gamma readings from Nov 23 through Nov 27, up to a maximum of 18.7 microR/h, appear to be the result of snow fall. The decreased gamma readings on Nov 23 are the result of incomplete transmissions. The number 13.1 at 22:52 Z Nov 23 is 7f7d7d in NESS binary. The remainder of the transmission consists of the hexadecimal number 7d repeated 34 times.Station InfoData Graph
11/20/2001Mike McNaughtonThe gamma data reported as 3120 microR/h at 22:52 and 23:07 Z on 15-Nov-2001 are incorrect. The last gamma data in the block of data were those for 23:22, 23:07, and 22:52 Z; (the data are transmitted in reverse order). The transmission was truncated while transmitting the 22:52 data, which was incorrectly received as 7F7D70; it should have been 7F7Dxx where xx is unknown. Thereafter, the raw data consisted of the hexadecimal number 70, repeated 34 times. Hexadecimal 7070 = NESS binary 110000110000 = decimal 3120.Station InfoData Graph
10/16/2001Mike McNaughtonThe data from the Raton station are extremely noisy and unreliable. Indications of unreliability are: (a) gamma data below 13 microR/h, which are physically impossible; and (b) the large number of errors revealed in the header listing. In summary, the high readings since October 7 are probably not real.Station InfoData Graph
7/2/2001Mike McNaughtonThe gamma peaks during the evenings and nights of June 26 through July 1 do not coincide with any WIPP trucks. The peaks that extend for more than half an hour appear to be the result of rainfall, which concentrates radon at ground level. The 37.5 microR/h spike at 0337 Z June 30 (2137 MDT June29) is suggestive of a truck, containing a radioactive package, delayed by a storm. The 22.8 microR/h peak at 0852 Z July 1 is of unknown origin, but is most likely a truck containing a radioactive package.Station InfoData Graph
2/27/2001Connon OdomNMED has confirmed that the 25.4 µR/Hr Gamma radiation spike at 2207Z on 9 Jan was caused by a WIPP shipment.Station InfoData Graph
1/31/2001Connon OdomThe elevated Gamma radiation levels on 25 and 27 Jan were caused by snowfall.Station InfoData Graph
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