Hi all, remember me?
I too happened to catch this on the local news last night. And while your guy was worried about what was happening down there in Iowa, our guy was interested what was happening here, overhead, in Minneapolis Minnesota. Like your guy, he conjectured and speculated right and left, mentioning the military angle and all that, but eventually gave up admitting he didn’t have a clue.
Pretty strange, if you ask me, especially since there hasn’t been mention one of it since. Nothing, nada. Hello weather-dude, you promised us an update!
At any rate, what we saw up here was a RADAR replay consisting of roughly three hours of… something seemingly streaming out of the Fargo North Dakota area and heading in an almost straight line Southeastward towards the Twin Cities. A couple of hundred miles all told. It never seemed to dissipate or waver from its course, it just kinda… wafted southeastward. The size of it was consistent to what’s explained as chaff in the link above, but it was hundreds of miles long. Not something you’d normally think chaff would be capable of (But what do I know about chaff).
But what’s really odd, and even had our weatherman up here scratching his head, was the origin aspect of it. It never moved. It was as if there was a large smokestack just west of Fargo spewing god knows what and sending it skyward towards us, except there was nothing visible in the sky, it was crystal clear out.
The other RADARS in the area picked it up because I saw it in the background on another local station and even punched it up on our local NOAA site (Wish I’d taken a snapshot of it, but I never knew our weather guys would completely drop it).
Again, to be clear, it resembled a smokestack type scenario of billowing smoke that started near Fargo and slowly headed southward towards the cities. The longer the loop ran, the farther southeastward it traveled. It never seemed to dissipate, expand or contract, or do anything outside of… waft, I guess. If you didn’t have the sound on and didn’t know what he was talking about, you’d have thought a narrow band of snow was slowly making its way across the state.
Very odd, but not anything I’m gonna duct tape my apartment up over.
:: In trying to help out and maybe find a replay of what I saw, I checked our local NOAA site but couldn’t find anything of interest. Maybe you could have better luck navigating their site - NOAA (RADAR on the left)