Australian military solves weather radar S-shape mystery

Feb. 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Australian Department of Defense confirmed an S-shape spotted on weather bureau radar was caused by a training exercise.

The Department of Defense said the S-shape, which the weather bureau's radar detected off the coast of West Australia Wednesday, was caused by a training exercise involving ships and aircraft preparing a Navy warship for operational deployment, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

"The environmental conditions over the West Australian coast at the time of the activity provided a unique opportunity for this routine activity to be visible on the weather radar display," a department spokesman said. "This exercise is ongoing."

The West Australia Weather Group earlier took to Twitter and dubbed the shape the "RottNess Monster."

"Nice that our pet #RottNessMonster has avoided the shark baits. Her name is Susan & she likes to eat plankton," the tweet read.

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