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Here we go i.e. Bureau of Meteorology images show mysterious patterns on radar system
Posted: 01 April 2010 06:53 PM
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Story (if you can call it that) here

-Mysterious shapes appear on radar
-Bureau of Meteorology says it’s interference
-Conspiracy theorists buzzing

THEY are the digital-age equivalent of crop circles - mysterious patterns appearing on the Bureau of Meteorology’s national radar system without any explanation.

And the random images described as red stars, rings of fire and white doughnuts are sending online conspiracy websites into meltdown.

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Posted: 01 April 2010 09:05 PM   [ # 12 ]
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I actually saw one of those blobs a few months ago.  I’m now cursing I didn’t get a screen-shot of it to post here.

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Posted: 01 April 2010 09:29 PM   [ # 13 ]
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Smerk’s cursing! 🐛

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Posted: 01 April 2010 09:33 PM   [ # 14 ]
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Smerk - 02 April 2010 01:05 AM

I actually saw one of those blobs a few months ago.  I’m now cursing I didn’t get a screen-shot of it to post here.

Are you saying this has nothing to do with April Fools? I initially thought this was a rip off of a news story by The Onion.

The World suddenly seems a bit stranger.

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Posted: 01 April 2010 09:39 PM   [ # 15 ]
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Peter - 02 April 2010 01:33 AM

Are you saying this has nothing to do with April Fools? I initially thought this was a rip off of a news story by The Onion.

The World suddenly seems a bit stranger.

Well, they were a bit late in posting the story if it was supposed to be on April Fool’s (according to the time stamp of the article). And I would imagine it was held and posted at that time on purpose.

Of course, it may have been cued up to automatically post and some knucklehead screwed up the time for the auto-post.  We did have at least one April Fool’s story get posted early. Why not have one get posted late?

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Posted: 01 April 2010 10:10 PM   [ # 16 ]
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Tah - 02 April 2010 01:29 AM

Smerk’s cursing! 🐛

Hard to believe from somebody as sweet and innocent as Smerk, I know, but you know how weather patterns effect people in weird ways.  That’s why the Illuminati put rainbows in the rain, for example.

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Posted: 01 April 2010 10:17 PM   [ # 17 ]
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Peter - 02 April 2010 01:33 AM
Smerk - 02 April 2010 01:05 AM

I actually saw one of those blobs a few months ago.  I’m now cursing I didn’t get a screen-shot of it to post here.

Are you saying this has nothing to do with April Fools? I initially thought this was a rip off of a news story by The Onion.

The World suddenly seems a bit stranger.

Yep, it’s legit.  See if you can spot one yourself.

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Posted: 01 April 2010 10:20 PM   [ # 18 ]
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Smerk - 02 April 2010 02:17 AM

Yep, it’s legit.  See if you can spot one yourself.

I see a bunch of rings near the bottom of the radar image. They seem to be hovering over the ocean with various other numbers and letters! :ahhh:

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Posted: 02 April 2010 05:08 AM   [ # 19 ]
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That looks exactly like what they are: instrumental artefacts.

Anything circular centered on one of the radar locations is usually an instrumental artefact of some sort.

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Posted: 09 April 2010 09:52 PM   [ # 20 ]
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Spotted this yesterday.

And it seems to be centralised over Coffs Harbour, which doesn’t have a radar of its own.

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Posted: 09 April 2010 11:56 PM   [ # 21 ]
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Going to look at the radar after Smerk’s post I saw this nifty fan in Queensland, south of Cairns.

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Posted: 12 February 2014 03:13 AM   [ # 22 ]
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We’re still getting random glitches with our rain radars, but this is new.

A strange S-shaped formation which appeared on weather bureau radar off the West Australian coast was not caused by cloud, the bureau says.

The shape was spotted on the weather bureau’s radar map on Wednesday about 30 kilometres west of Rottnest.

After checking the satellite, the bureau’s Neil Bennett ruled out the phenomenon being caused by cloud.

“There’s no cloud, there’s nothing to produce a rain echo, ... which we do see a lot, but not this particular shape,” he said.

“They don’t take on S shapes and things like that.

“The radar that we use are there for the detection of precipitation, it’s basically just a beam going out and hitting the rain droplets or ice particles from hail.

“Sometimes the beam itself rather than going straight it gets bent back to earth and you start to pick up reflections from the ocean, rather than rain droplets.”

The ABC has asked the Department of Defence whether there are military operations off the coast which may interfere with radar activity.

The department is yet to comment.

The WA Weather Group has seized on the photo and retweeted it to their followers.

“Nice that our pet #RottNessMonster has avoided the shark baits. Her name is Susan & she likes to eat plankton,” the group tweeted.

“And I, for one, welcome our new giant sea serpent overlords,” Perth Sunrise Prints tweeted.

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Posted: 13 February 2014 03:28 AM   [ # 23 ]
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And sadly, it just turned out to be the Defence Force on manoeuvres.

A spokesman for the Department of Defence said in a statement today the exercise was a regular training activity involving ships and aircraft designed to prepare a Navy warship for an operational deployment.

“The environmental conditions over the West Australian coast at the time of the activity provided a unique opportunity for this routine activity to be visible on the weather radar display,” he said.

“This exercise is ongoing.”

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Posted: 16 February 2014 07:21 AM   [ # 24 ]
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At least they have a plausible explanation for it.  😉

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Posted: 18 February 2014 10:25 AM   [ # 25 ]
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Darn!  There went all the excitement!

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Posted: 20 February 2014 10:42 AM   [ # 26 ]
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hulitoons - 18 February 2014 10:25 AM

Darn!  There went all the excitement!

You can always start a rumor to two and hope they develop into a conspiracy theory. 

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