Cloudy with a Chance of Satellite

By Julianne Dalcanton | February 16, 2009 12:14 pm

From the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
1145 PM EST FRI FEB 13 2009

…POSSIBLE SATELLITE DEBRIS FALLING ACROSS THE REGION…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS RECEIVED CALLS THIS EVENING FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING POSSIBLE EXPLOSIONS AND…OR EARTHQUAKES ACROSS THE AREA. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION HAS REPORTED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT THESE EVENTS ARE BEING CAUSED BY FALLING SATELLITE DEBRIS. THESE PIECES OF DEBRIS HAVE BEEN CAUSING SONIC BOOMS…RESULTING IN THE VIBRATIONS BEING FELT BY SOME RESIDENTS…AS WELL AS FLASHES OF LIGHT ACROSS THE SKY. THE CLOUD OF DEBRIS IS LIKELY THE RESULT OF THE RECENT IN ORBIT COLLISION OF TWO SATELLITES ON TUESDAY…FEBRUARY 10TH WHEN KOSMOS 2251 CRASHED INTO IRIDIUM 33.

(h/t Slog)

And I can’t believe I beat Phil “Death from the Skies” Plait to this! Actual Death from the Skies!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Environment, Humor
  • John Phillips, FCD

    Love the title, and yes, Phil will be green :)

  • JScarry

    Phil would be green if the story was true. As he explains on his site, it is highly unlikely that any pieces of the satellites have fallen to earth yet.

    I’d bet the NWS is wrong about the origin of the sound and light—in fact it sounds like a thunderstorm to me.

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  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy Phil Plait

    Well, I might have been green with envy, except I had a link to that bulletin in my blog yesterday. Twice. :) Go here and Here too (search on the word Kentucky).

    There is no beating me! Except with a stick. And that might be illegal.

  • Julianne

    Oh please — those were buried deep in your excitement over the Texas fireball (which yes, was cool). How the hell was I supposed to figure out that you’d linked to weather reports about space debris? A low blow Dr Plait. A low blow indeed.

  • coolstar

    Beating Phil with a stick? Where do I sign up……..

  • Low Math, Meekly Interacting

    Y’mean it wudn’t aleeuns?

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