Radar: Not Just for Weather! Watch the Video

UH, RA-DAR! What is it good for? Apparently not just for the weather. When you hear Doppler radar, most folks automatically think of bright colors on the map of your WeatherBug app. As it turns out, Doppler radar has the propensity to also pick up flying animals.

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Weather officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico witnessed a mysterious presence on their radar a few nights in late May. Massive swarms of grasshoppers were picked up as they got caught up in winds heading southwest, being carried as high as 1,000 feet!

Gigantic swarm of grasshoppers migrating - Credit: Karen via Flickr

Gigantic swarm of grasshoppers migratingCredit: Karen via Flickr

The insects likely hatched weeks ago and are now grown, enabling their ability to trigger radar images. Radar technicians initially thought their equipment was malfunctioning when they saw several unexplained clusters.

 

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