Official Statement Released from Redstone Arsenal:
“Aviation and missile technology testing at Redstone collects data that protects and improves the weapon systems that America’s sons and daughters are using in ongoing overseas contingency operations, and in forward-deployed areas worldwide. As a matter of Operational Security policy, we do not offer details concerning the circumstances under which testing activities are performed. Further, discussing specific measures and operational procedures could adversely affect the success of testing activities. We routinely evaluate and validate weapon systems and components so that we and our allies can maintain the edge over adversaries. Testing assures that war fighting capabilities are in a high state of readiness.”
11:00 AM Update: UAH finds fiberglass chaff on Zierdt Road
10:30 AM Update: The radar experts at UAHuntsville weigh in and call the mysterious blob “chaff.” Here’s the UAH animation of the blob reflectivity and velocity data: UAH Radar Loop. This is not an official statement, and it does not attempt to explain it in full.
Earlier this afternoon a strange radar blip was noticed over the Redstone Arsenal area near Huntsville, Alabama.
Here is what Local Expert Meteorologist, James Spann had to say:
THIS AFTERNOON: A quiet weather day for the northern half of Alabama… the only issue is the “mystery echo” on the Hytop radar over Huntsville near Redstone Arsenal…
The sky over Huntsville is mostly clear, and there are no controlled burns, and the radar echo doesn’t look like chaff deployed from military aircraft. We will keep working it, but for now it remains a mystery.
Down south, we have seen a few scattered storms over the southern half of the state, but they are widely spaced.
Theories are abound and some have actually been tested, take a look at this article from valleywx.com:
No, we don’t know what that blob on radar is over West Huntsville this afternoon. It’s centered near the northwest edge of Redstone Arsenal close to Zierdt Road and Madison Boulevard/I-565:
Reflectivity – it’s not RAIN!
Correlation Coefficient – what ever it is, it’s not uniform in consistency and orientation.
What we do know is there is no smoke, the sky is clear (underneath a few passing clouds), and it’s not rain.My guess is that we won’t ever find out what it is because it’s probably a result of a military test.
4:50 PM Update: I just got off the phone with Bill Yell at Huntsville Utilities, and it appears that this mystery blob could be the result of a damaged substation in the Madison or West Huntsville area. Huntsville Utilities is sending out a person with a spectral analyzer to see if indeed there is some kind of frequency being generated at the substation that would “trick” the radar into thinking there is something there.
6:00 PM Update: Just got a note from Bill at Huntsville Utilities; they found no damage or strange frequency coming from the substation. Back to the drawing board…
10:15 PM Update: There is still no official word on what this radar anomaly over Huntsville is. It’s still there at 10:15 PM, though. Whatever it is, it’s showing less and less reflectivity by the minute, so it may dissipate soon.
We may never know what it is if it’s coming from a test at the Arsenal. Top secret stuff trumps our desire to know what’s going on.
Note the high-reflectivity radar echoes over Madison County, just NE of the HSV Airport. It is not a thunderstorm. It is not even raining up there. People have reported white feathery material falling from the sky on a road near Redstone Arsenal. A source at UAH told me that NASA called Redstone to ask what was going on, and they had no comment other than “there are no prescribed burns today”, referring to burning of trees, grass, trash, etc.
The radar echoes are likely chaff, the material dropped by U.S. military aircraft to make it look like there are airplanes where there are not any. This helps hide our airplanes from attack by enemy fighters and missiles. I don’t know for sure what it is. I have seen chaff on radar before. It is usually not this intense, however.
-Dr. Tim Coleman- Fox 6 Birmingham AL
At this point the radar blip remains a mystery. Shortly after these images hit social media, buzz began to build about the Redstone Arsenal and possible secret or black projects.
Notice the last tweet in that sequence, seems as though even Mr. Spann is open to the possibility of “top secret” operations conducted at the arsenal.
We will have more on this story as it develops. If you have any tips, information, or pictures that could shed light on this mystery, please contact us HERE