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Spiral weather patterns over midwest.

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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:39 PM
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Hello all,
I'm a resident of the michiana area and over the past week I've noticed a large spiral pattern on the RADAR. I'm no weather expert, but I've never seen the radar signatures move from East to West, let alone form a huge spiral pattern. Is there an explanation for this? I don't want to jump to conclusions but I fond this very odd. I've searched google and weather sites and it's not being mentioned anywhere. I've shown the radar to my friends and family and everyone agrees that this is not normal. La Ninia? HAARP? Could anyone provide an answer to this phenomenon? Thanks in advance.




posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:43 PM
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Watch the first 15 minutes of Wizard of Oz. This will help explain everything.





Iowa Resident
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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:43 PM
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I live in your area, and I've seen the clouds move east to west from time to time before these "apocalyptic times" we're in. Monday afternoon, I even mentioned how the clouds on the weather satellite looked like the remnants of a hurricane.
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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:44 PM
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I believe they are informally referred to as "terracanes" and are fairly common... I remember a few posts about similar phenomenona back in April and May.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:44 PM
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They are completely normal.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:47 PM
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Have a look at thiswww.colinandrews.net...
see if its like what you are looking at.There is a thread on ATS somewhere in the dungeon
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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:49 PM
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Originally posted by Icon_xof
Hello all,
I'm a resident of the michiana area and over the past week I've noticed a large spiral pattern on the RADAR. I'm no weather expert,


Do you therefore understand that radar is simply that - a radar return?



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:50 PM
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What radar are we talking about here?
Do you a screenshot of the radar data?



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:53 PM
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Originally posted by kellynap43
Watch the first 15 minutes of Wizard of Oz. This will help explain everything.





Iowa Resident
edit on 28-9-2011 by kellynap43 because: (no reason given)


^this

and its nothing unusual around here



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:58 PM
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I will as soon as you tell me where michiana is? Is it one Obama's lost 57 states?

But seriously Tom Skilling (Chicago) doesn't seem to have an issue with this formation. Trust the Skilling.
www.chicagoweathercenter.com...



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:59 PM
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Its just a low pressure system which has been sitting over the midwest since last friday. Your most likely seeing the precipitation which is moving around the low in a counterclockwise fashion hence clouds moving east to west. Nothing really sinister or odd just weather doing its thing



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 04:10 PM
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i have noticed it too and am in southwestern ontario. I check intellicast all the time and if you chose cloud cover and watch the movement it certainly has spiral rotation and has had for the last several days.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 04:16 PM
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It's this (image from yesterday)

lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov...


In global context:
lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov.../27/2011


Here's an old animation of a month of weather. Still pretty cool


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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 04:17 PM
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Yep. Just a typical day in the midwest. Hence the reason we have so many Wind Generators around here now.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 04:49 PM
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Thanks for the input all. Michiana is just a name for the Michigan Indiana border area. So it's a low pressure system that's causing this? That's a relief I guess. I'll have to do some research on this phenomenon as I've never seen a hurricainish radar signature like this in my area. And thanks for the pics, they're pretty awesome. Terricane is a pretty fitting term for this.
I guess I'm just a little paranoid because I've been having very strange and vivid dreams about the weather for the past month or so. In one I was living in the early years of the next ice-age, and the few since then have all been about seeing strange cloud formations. They're almost impossible to describe. Some like long horizontal tornadoes, others like huge storm clouds, but all are different colors.
It's strange because I haven't been able to recall many dreams the past couple years. Then just before the earthquake and hurricane hit the East coast, these dreams start. Some with such intensity that they wake me from a dead sleep.
Sorry to ramble, it's just been on my mind a lot and then this low pressure system comes along and just freaks me out, lol. Thanks again all.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 05:09 PM
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Originally posted by Icon_xof
and the few since then have all been about seeing strange cloud formations. They're almost impossible to describe. Some like long horizontal tornadoes, others like huge storm clouds, but all are different colors.
It's strange because I haven't been able to recall many dreams the past couple years. Then just before the earthquake and hurricane hit the East coast, these dreams start. Some with such intensity that they wake me from a dead sleep.


Those clouds exist read this:
www.wired.com...

And I lived in the Chicago area for a lot of years, traveled to Indiana and Michigan a bunch of times never heard that phrase before. Learn something new every day!



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 05:40 PM
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I'm in the Michiana borderland on the "-iana" side. It's just normal weather. Storms spiral, sometime more obviously than others. I wish this one would stop......my yard has needed cutting for days and it's been raining almost constantly. Brief periods of time of sunlight don't dry the lawn enough to cut before more rain. We are missing prime fall sightseeing weather.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 06:31 PM
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I live in Ohio...I see them all the time. But I'm a weather nerd
It's nothing new or weird.. low pressure front moving through.
www.weather.com...
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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 07:18 PM
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I totally feel you. I'm in NW Indiana and the one day it didn't rain was my son's birthday, so my yard is starting to look like a hippy. =]



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 07:25 PM
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That's a great example of a Cutoff Low.



"Cutoff lows bring days of dreary weather

A cutoff, upper-air low occurs when a counterclockwise wind circulation becomes separated from the main belt of west-to-east winds in the jet stream high above the earth's surface.

With nothing to steer a cutoff low, it can simply sit and spin for days, often bringing damp, dreary weather.

Such lows usually form when a strong wind speed maximum riding along the main belt of westerly jet stream winds dives into a deep upper-level trough or dip in the jet. As the wind speed maximum dives into the bottom of the trough, it elongates the trough and also helps build a large downstream ridge.

The combination of the deepening trough and the strengthening downstream ridge allows the bottom portion of the trough to separate from the main belt of the westerlies. As a result, a large, circular, counterclockwise circulation forms high above the earth's surface.

Often, areas of low pressure at the earth's surface are associated with upper-level troughs and cutoff lows.

A cutoff low is usually slow moving and won't exit a region until it is picked up by the westerly steering flow. Sometimes they unravel as they spin, eventually weakening and then dissipating.

Either way, cutoff lows almost always bring several days of cloudy, dreary weather with periods of rain or snow. "

Source: www.usatoday.com...



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