Illinois radar interference anomaly

Something strange is showing up on weather radar in Illinois

What, exactly, is that radar anomaly in Mason County? – Peoria, IL –

It may not be extraterrestrial activity, but a permanent imprint on the central Illinois Doppler radar even has the National Weather Service stumped.

A mysterious “beam of interference” has been etched into the Lincoln Doppler radar since Nov. 16, according to a bulletin on the National Weather Service website. The rogue beam extends westward from Lincoln through the middle of Mason County, near Manito, the bottom of Fulton County and onward into the state of Iowa.

“We’re not sure what it is yet,” said Llyle Barker, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lincoln. “4G has caused interference before, so it might be a 4G tower.”

Of course people will speculate it’s OTHER things less prosaic. They say it’s not really impacting anything, just a curious anomaly. It would be good to know what it is in case we see such things elsewhere.

Credit: National Weather Service

Credit: National Weather Service

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  5 comments for “Illinois radar interference anomaly

  1. spookyparadigm
    January 3, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Ben Radford has said that “chupacabra” has become the term for “weird animal” in Spanish America. I’m really starting to wonder if, not unlike the Tsoukalos meme, “alien” is becoming the equivalent for anything weird involving, well, anything else. Stuff in the air, stuff in technology, stuff in the past. If it is weird and not biological, it is Aliens.

  2. January 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    It would be interesting to know if any in-flight weather radar in the area is picking this up.

  3. chris
    January 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    this happens all the time and is not something paranormal. The St. Louis National Weather Service radar had the same issue a while back. There is also a thing called a radar sun spike that will occur everyday when the sun rises and sets. This is normal.

  4. January 7, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    That’s neat. Can you supply any links for that.

  5. January 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Yes, these sort of radar ‘anomalies’ are extremely common, every meteorologist has seen thousands of such spikes–as mentioned the most common being the sunset/sunrise spikes. Just check out any radar image at that time and you’ll see it.

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