Weather Radar Sees Birds
4 August 95 edition
Weather radar spots birds leaving their sanctuaries in the Chesapeake Bay area on the morning of 2 August 1995.
At dawn, the birds all wake up about the same time and fly straight out of their roosting places in a circular wave that is captured by the weather radar located 50 miles away in Sterling, VA.
On this morning, there was no precipitation in the area, so the radar was set on maximum sensitivity, capturing echoes from the expanding bird-rings in scans once every 10 minutes.