It was very windy in the Baltimore-Washington area onNovember 5. But wind does not account for the bizarre radareffect that appeared on weather radars over the area thatevening.

A radar expert consulted by said thatthere could be two main possibilities that might explainthis strange image: it is a result of tampering with theimage itself; it is because of some unknown substance orpossible electromagentic disturbance in the atmosphere thataffected the radar return. He did not feel that it could beexplained as an equipment malfunction because the imagereturn around the effect is normal. But he did not discountthis as a possiblity, especially if the radar unit itselfwas being affected by some sort of electronic interferencelocal to its immediate area.

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