Goodness Gracious!

April 13, 2006 at 2:49 am 2 comments

Great Balls of Ice are falling from the sky. Really! At some time in the 1990s (the article is rather vague here) a 400 pound chunk of ice whammed into a Mercedes-Benz factory in Brazil. And, just last weekend, a 200 pound icy blob slammed into Bushrod Park. And no one knows the cause! But worry not, for scientists are hot on the trail of an explanation.

A Wisconsin-Whitewater scientist named DavidTravis, and a Madrid-based scientist named Martinez-Frias have been studying this mysterious phenomenon since the year 2000, pouring through the internet looking for stories about rapidly descending ice balls. They have found 37 incidents! It seems that some of the incidents came from airplane bathrooms. But some do not. The author proves this by pointing out, in his own delicate fashion, that they are "free of debris."

Professor Travis states that conflicting theories exist to explain this frigid assault.

Martinez-Frias speculates about the specific cause. It is. . .wait for it. . . Global Warming! Yes! Global Warming causes ice chunks! To fall! In Oakland! (Official home of bizarre weather)

And here  (actually, right below here) is the reason I love staff writers. Mr. Rosynsky, staff writer extraordinaire, attempts to summarize Maretinez-Frias's argument for us common folk. (You know, salt-of-the-earth, standard, run-of-the-mill morons).

 . . .every time such an incident occurs, it is precipitated by an unusual atmosphere in which higher altitudes are turbulent and cold. The cold helps create the ice. The turbulence helps keep it together in the sky.

Thank you, Mr. Rosynsky.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/localnews/ci_3697520

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Jones  |  July 6, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    Before joking about this research you should study a little bit more:
    http://tierra.rediris.es/publipapers/megacryometeors_JAC.pdf

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  • 2. Joan Whitehead  |  September 3, 2006 at 6:26 am

    There are many scientific papers about megacryometeors
    and their possible environmental implications.

    Source website:
    http://tierra.rediris.es/megacryometeors

    Martinez-Frias and co-authors have achieved extremely interesting data about megacryometeors. But I am afraid that scientists are only starting to understand the processes leading to their formation.

    Joan

    Reply

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