UAH: Radar reflectivity caused by chaff

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM CDT
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Fiberglass chaff found on Zierdt Road (Source: UAH)
Fiberglass chaff found on Zierdt Road (Source: UAH)
StormTracker Doppler radar.
StormTracker Doppler radar.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - UAH confirmed chaff was the cause of high radar reflectivity, or the "blob" over West Huntsville Tuesday.

They released a photo of what they said is fiberglass chaff found on Zierdt Road near the source of the reflectivity.

WAFF 48's StormTracker Doppler picked up a radar pattern over Redstone Arsenal Tuesday afternoon, but there was no rain at the time. Other radars picked up the pattern, but no one could pinpoint the source.

When asked about the activity on Redstone Arsenal Tuesday, a spokesperson sent this response:

"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."

The radar pattern was no longer visible after Tuesday night.

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