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
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."
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Cool indeed. But seldom so symmetrical.
Why, it's almost as if it's a digital artifact of some sort.
edit on 2/12/2014 by Phage because: (no reason given)
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