ARIZONA WEATHER RADAR FINDS NOT CLOUDS, BUT BATS, BATS, BATS!!!
Some people love bats. But not many. Most people think they’re totally disgusting, creepy and duck for cover at first sight. My father was, and is, terrified of them. A lot of people are. A good friend loves him some Batman. But a real bat makes him shudder. And he’s a real dude and doesn’t even hide it! So they and most people would be a little horrified to see this. Fortunately, they don’t live anywhere near Arizona. Because the Arizona weather radar caught a mysterious cloud. At first, they had no idea what it was. And that, of course, was a huge cloud of BATS!!!
WEATHER RADAR CONFUSED ARIZONA METEOROLOGISTS AT FIRST, BUT IT WAS MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS!
So Phoenix meteorologists at first thought there were some rain clouds that came out of nowhere on top of the Valley of the Sun. But then, the cloud on the weather radar sort of “fanned” out in a way that rain clouds just never do. As NWS meteorologist put it, “That doesn’t look like a normal shower, the way everything is sort of fanning out. They don’t really have a uniform direction. That’s usually your clue initially that it’s probably animals flying around.” Indeed. So what were they? Well, bats, of course. They were Mexican free-tailed bats coming out to eat them some bugs.
NOW, SCIENTISTS HOPE TO TRACK ARIZONA BATS USING WEATHER RADAR MOVING FORWARD
So where did they come from? We don’t know for sure. But it has to be something like a bridge, tunnel or one of the many caves in the area. And Arizona is home to a LOT of BATS. We’re talking 28 different kinds of bats hanging their hats there. I mean, hanging upside down, there. But scientists have a hard time tracking, never mind, seeing these bats in the wild. So now that we know weather radar can “see” them, there just may be a collaboration between the National Weather Service and the Game and Fish Department. To track bats with weather radar!
Who woulda thunk it? BATS on radar!