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Nuclear Explosion Over Netherlands
Gerrit forwarded links to radar maps showing some extremely unusual cloud activity over the Netherlands. I managed to visit the radar sites myself in time to see the unusual clouds. However, the maps have since updated and are no longer showing the same activity. But I can vouch that, for a while, they really were displaying the sudden appearance of a mysterious ring of clouds around the Netherlands. Screenshots of the radar image have been posted here and here. Has anyone checked that the Netherlands are still around?

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Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 27, 2006
This isn't just a radar error is it?
Looks like it was supposed to be a weather radar.

I'm guessing it screwed up or something. There's no way rain would suddenly cut itself off in an almost perfect circle.
Posted by Soldant  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  02:44 AM
I'm from the Netherlands and i can safely say that i am still alive!

En om te bewijzen dat ik Nederlander ben typ ik nu het
Posted by Stephan  in  The Netherlands  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  02:47 AM
Stephan is probably one of the survivors, hideously mutated into a radioactive cannibal. He's just trying to lure us Norms over to the Netherlands with his "Oh, everything's fine! Come on over!" talk.
You won't get me, you mutant freak!
Posted by Nobody Special  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  02:59 AM
It's times like these that I'm thankful for the Zombie Preparedness Kit.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/the-zombie-preparedness-kit-195294.php
Posted by Edward  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  03:11 AM
It probably is just a glitch...

...either that or some strange weather phenomenon. Would a Zombie Protection Kit protect against C.H.U.D.s (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers)? Or 'Omega Man' albinos?

If I cover myself in mayonaise, would that help? raspberry
Posted by Hugo  in  Brisbane, Australia  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  04:09 AM
Ik ben er nog!

Hey Stephan hoe is 'ie?

(Still here wink
Posted by Ed  in  NL!  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  04:34 AM
Even if it was a nuclear blast over the region... I don't think that there should be a perfect circle...
Posted by Al from Italy  in  Milan, Italy  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  05:27 AM
I am still alive, my country still exists, no worries.

This is a radar artifact, the "ring" is exactly the edge of the Dutch precipitation radar coverage (it's not clouds, it is precipitation - or rather not but an artifact in this case).

En een hallo en welkom aan alle andere Nederlanders hier van een MoH homey.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  05:39 AM
It's called anaprop (short from anomalous propagation), and is usually detected and removed from radar images automatically (see here).
Posted by David B.  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  05:49 AM
A somewhat similar artifact this morning over Poland in the images:

Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  06:06 AM
But in reality, it is a sign of course that I have decided to disclose my secret Holy identity.

Nowadays in these times of "bigger and biggest" a normal halo around your head won't do...
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  06:11 AM
Okay, inserting the link didn't work, let's try a tinyURL...

http://tinyurl.com/j6859

confused
Posted by David B.  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  06:16 AM
I can also testify that the Netherlands is still alive and kicking X3

I haven't noticed any big rings of clouds floating around in the sky either raspberry
Posted by Snowowl  in  Netherlands  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  09:36 AM
Though I must also mention that I've suddenly grown a 6th finger on each hand and my eyes became pitch black raspberry
Posted by Snowowl  in  Netherlands  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  09:42 AM
oh, I found another image, it's pretty raspberry

http://www.buienradar.nl/home.aspx?r=vakantie&jaar=2006&maand=09&id=37158160&&bliksem;=0

the site says that these kind of things occur more often, specially on sunny days, but rarely so extreme. It was some error in one of the meter-thingies
Posted by Snowowl  in  still the Netherlands  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  09:46 AM
I am too sorry to tell you, but it is due to the sunspots activity. I will tell my people to slow down their works, so there will not be these disruptions on this planet. Okay? No problems, bros. Rrrraoul
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  09:50 AM
I'm within the radius of this ring, and I'm still as normal as any other day.

(next question: define normal smile )
Posted by FrostBird  in  The Old Continent, Chaos Kingdom  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  11:33 AM
Birds! It's a well-known effect, though rare. It recently happened to local weather radar here in Wisconsin. It happens, often in fall, when a large flock of birds gathered to prepare for migration suddenly takes wing to feed.

It even has a name. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name and don't have time to search it out.
Posted by logic fan  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  02:00 PM
Got it - Roost Rings.

http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/birdrad/comment.htm

God, I hate that I knew that!!!! smile
Posted by logic fan  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  02:06 PM
Hmm... It seems there's been a few logical explainations for the image. I just wonder which one is true.

Oh, and that Zombie Preparedness Kit is great. However, as some commenters on that site have noted, four shells isn't quite enough. Unfortunately, the gun doesn't seem as though it would work well in close combat (as say, a Shaolin Spade would). By the way, anyone at all interested needs to pick up the Zombie Survival Guide (the best book ever)
Posted by Archibold  in  not the Netherlands  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  06:30 PM
About 10 years ago, the Aum Supreme Truth sect (the ones that gassed the Tokyo subway) bought some land in Western Australia and started doing some weird experiments.
I think it was to do with either seismic or electromagnetic technology, but one of the effects of it was large circular cloud formations in the area. And the sheep turned inside out wink

OK that last bit was a bit rich, but I 50% sure the rest of its true.

The cloud formations would presumably have been on a much smaller scale than the pic above but there's no harm in getting hysterical about it.
Posted by tinfoil hat vendor  in  Perth  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  10:37 PM
Don't worry about the lack of shells on the Zombie kit. Once you shoot a few of them, they always seem to drop more ammunition. Of course, I don't know why zombies carry shotgun ammunition, but they always seem to.
Posted by Edward  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  02:14 AM
I think Logic Fan, when mentioning "roost rings" (flocks of birds) is severely underestimating the diameter of this particular ring! That would be one hell of a bird-flock...
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  03:38 AM
It's kind of sad that the first thing I thought of when I saw this pic was "coffee ring."
Posted by Ponygirl  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  05:33 AM
"It seems there's been a few logical explainations for the image. I just wonder which one is true."

It's not roost rings. Apart from being almost perfectly circular, it is too large (its radius is about 200 miles).

It's not anaprop either. One of the authors of the paper I linked to has emailed me to say "t probably isn
Posted by David B.  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  08:57 AM
Ground radars sweep the skies in circles. Sometimes their range is cut off at a certain distance for various reasons. When this happens it shows up as circular. Doh!!
Posted by AAB  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  10:44 AM
A little while ago, the weather radar had three concentric perfect circles forming a bull's-eye over the state of Delaware. I wondered if it was the radar doing something more odd than the usual weirdness, or if the Delawarians had done something to really annoy God. But the state still seems to be there, so they must have survived whatever happened.

What else can be fun to see is when there are military exercises (or actual operations) going on, and they start using radar jammers or radar reflecting chaff and things like that. You can get some very funny looking results on the weather radar then.
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