From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul> Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:07:55 -0000 Archived: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:18:42 -0500 Subject: Re: Tornado And Hail Frequency Vs. Day Of The Week >From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:18:46 -0700 >Subject: Re: Tornado And Hail Frequency Vs. Day Of The Week >>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 09:51:21 -0000 >>Subject: Tornado And Hail Frequency Vs. Day Of The Week >>There have been some claims over the years that types of UFO >>reporting might vary with the day of the week. I recall in >>particular John Keel's "Wednesday phenomenon". If this was ever >>rigorously tested I'm not aware of it, nevertheless it's >>intriguing that tornado and hail activity does proveably follow >>such a law and that there may be a mechanism to explain why. >>Perhaps other types of atmospheric phenomena could have a >>similar anthropogenic signature? >Hi Martin, >I can't think of any that are periodic in this fashion, but I >recall that the plane groundings (and resulting lack of >contrails) after 9-11 had a noticeable effect on U.S. weather, >primarily an increase the diurnal temperature variation. >If a weekly periodicity were to be found in UFO sightings, I >would say that's a pretty strong argument that the phenomenon >is anthropogenic (or at least that subset that is driving the >periodic signal), since weeks are a human convention, unlike, >say, the lunar month. Hi Mike You never know what might fall out of a thorough-enough statistical analysis, if it's possible to extract a coherent population. This is a big problem with UFO reports of course because not only are there clearly different phenomena involved, almost everyone on this list would agree that we don't even know what all of them are. But I could _imagine_ that some sorts of UAP of the ball lightning type (whatever lurks under that phenomenological umbrella) could have an anthropogenic component. For example, take the theory explored by NARCAP colleague Richard Spaulding that meteor trails may act as conductive pathways and effectively bring the ionosphere potential right down into the lower troposphere, causing electrical BL-like phenomena. He has an interesting paper [.pdf] here: http://tinyurl.com/7t4fu3g An earlier related paper by a Queensland University of Technology physicist Stephen Hughes came up on another list yesterday. I remember discussing it on this list at the time it came out. It's called Green Fireballs and Ball Lightning.at http://eprints.qut.edu.au/38939/25/38939_2.pdf and discusses a very similar idea. The single sighting he uses may seem a slender prop for a sensational theory. Most ufologists would smile at his naive assurances that the gentleman didn't seem the type to make it up and was probably a good observer because he'd been an artillery observer in the Army - and the smile would be a strained grimace, because of course such considerations are routinely ruled out of court when people report "UFOs". Nevertheless, it's an interesting idea. IIRC correctly the UK MoD's Condign author speculated about something qualitatively similar to this. If it were true I could imagine that fluctuations in the dielectric property of the troposphere caused by varying aerosol concentrations might affect the frequcny of meteor-caused UAPs, in much the same unlikely-sounding way as they apparently affect the spawning of tornados. Martin Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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