Mystery plume caught on weather radar floated over Amarillo

It seems like all typical explanations have been excluded regarding a mystery cloud that originated in early evening of March 17 and floated over Amarillo, Texas.

Mysterious plume still baffling people.

A mysterious plume that showed up on National Weather Service radars is still puzzling people.

The weather service offices in El Paso and Albuquerque didn’t know what caused it, so KOB Eyewitness News 4 called White Sands Missile Range. Officials there didn’t know what it was.

This website (warning: a bit mystery mongering) noted that the plume exploded from just west of Carrizozo Volcanic field, White Sands / Area 29 military test range. The military has not confirmed it was any testing. The weather services says it wasn not a swarm of animals. What was it? Was it volcanic? This is a dormant area. There is currently no reported activity, volcanic or seismic. However, curiously, there was a report of a small plume from this area back in 2012. You can see the video analysis here.

Area of 2012 mystery plume in Carrizozo Volcanic field.

Area of 2012 mystery plume in Carrizozo Volcanic field.

It’s not as large and there was no follow up with weather radar, but this does lend some support that SOMETHING may be going on in this area that deserves a look. Is it dust? Is it steam? Those sites that monitor ominous “earth changes” get a bit freaked out about such events and suggest that there is some hidden agenda or censorship going on with the data. There are tons of anomalies every day, we’re all still here and OK.

The Carrizozo area is from 1500 to 5000 years old, a cinder cone and basaltic lava field that forms an obvious black snaky curve in contrast to the white sands of this desert area.

March 17 mystery plume

March 17 mystery plume

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  5 comments for “Mystery plume caught on weather radar floated over Amarillo

  1. Paul Robinson
    March 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Maybe not the answer, but same general area/time span, & big enough to be visible from space. Second such dust storm in space of a week, according to article. NASA Earth Observatory doesn’t seem to be used much checking out many “odd weather” reports. Dust Storm Blows Across Texas – http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=83375

  2. neko
    March 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    A strange plume of dust in the desert can mean only one thing, my years of study of the behavior of desert animals has taught me this. In the absence of artificial or geological causes, it’s clearly biologically created.

    Obviously, there is some elaborate conspiracy going on involving Acme products, either involving a desert hare from Brooklyn or the common road runner birds that inhabit this area, but it didn’t go off well for the pursuer. Happens all the time.

  3. Chris Howard
    March 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    So, if it was in Amarillo by morning my bet is it came up from San Antonio.

  4. Iggy Grey
    March 24, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Avid birder here. That is likely a flock of migrating birds. The weather radar is sensitive enough to pick up the water content of the birds’ bodies. Many species of bird migrate at night. The flock was probably at an altitude where the were not heard. Google “birding with weather radar” or “tracking bird migration with radar” to see examples of plumes.

  5. madscientist
    March 30, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    I vote for the birds theory despite the claim that it was not a “swarm of animals” (hey, I’ll vouch that it wasn’t a swarm of pigs). It is definitely not volcanic; radar will only pick up the larger volcanic debris near the actual vent, and not any of the finer sand particles which drift for miles. Furthermore, any eruption would also be recorded by a number of seismic observatories in NM and Tx, and probably even Ca. Similarly, it’s definitely not a dust storm since radar will not see that at all.

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