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Huge Flocks of Geese Detected on Radar

Too big to be snow flurries... images puzzled meteorologists in Wisconsin

National Weather Service

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service's office in Sullivan, Wis., at first didn't know what to make of the unexpected images showing up on their radar over southern Wisconsin on Friday evening.

While there were a few flurries in the area, the radar returns were too strong for that - and seemed to be dispersing over time.

It turns out the radar was actually picking up huge flocks of migrating Canada geese, the Weather Office says. One weather observer, Steve Skalecki, told the weather service "the honking of geese was loud and almost continuous." A teenager from Lincolnshire apparently heard the birds, tweeting, "A flock of wild geese have just flown over my house, I heard them."

As many as 100,000 to 200,000 geese migrating south stop to rest and refuel each year at the nearby Horicon Marsh, a national and state wildlife reserve, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


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Wouldve been funny if it was raining in the area. Weathermen suck

November 25 2012 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You would think the meteorologists would know this by now!

November 25 2012 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marianne Kawecki

Just Look up , you'll get your answer !

November 25 2012 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If I can pickup large flocks gannets diving on schools of striped bass with the radar on my boat . I would think it would be possible for a larger fixed radar to pick up migrating geese over land.

November 25 2012 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too bad Nikola Tesla isn't around to analyze the phenomenon and draw a conclusion.

November 25 2012 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Odd i live a little ways north of what this map displays. And i would think we would have noticed that many geese headed south in the area....

I havent seen a single V all thanksgiving weekend.

November 25 2012 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They would have to cancel a lot of airline flights if that were geese. Probably something else. Looks like fog...or something. Geese would have to be every goose in Canada to get that effect! I've seen them migrate down the river for about 4 hours, with flock after flock, but they wouldn't show up on radar like that.

November 25 2012 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's NOT geese!

November 25 2012 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

HAARP mix up? Or screwed up radar if you ask me. It would take WAY more than a few hundred thou of of these birds to make the return posted! I smell cover up, take a look at the area the radar covers and then think about size and number of birds! just does not add up. The area includes at least 6 counties! MANY hundreds of square miles, NO WAY that many geese in the world!.

November 25 2012 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Brian's comment

Some bird flocks when migrating can be thousands and thousands of birds, it is possible!

November 25 2012 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

illegal aliens : )

November 25 2012 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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