Bureau of Meteorology weather radar picks up on mystery rain band over Toowoomba

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Mystery image that looks like rain appears on weather radar over Brisbane even though skies were clear – but there’s a simple explanation

  • Bizarre image of rain band popped onto Bureau of Meteorology weather radar
  • Mystery appearance came despite no prediction for downpour in parts of QLD
  • Toowoomba, Gatton and Mount Taramba forecast to enjoy clear skies
  • An explanation was given for the peculiar and conflicting image on the radar

A bizarre explanation is behind the mystery appearance of a rain cloud on a weather radar – despite no predictions for a downpour in the area.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast clear skies and freezing temperatures in southern, regional Queensland for Friday night.

Residents in places like Toowoomba, Gatton and Mount Taramba were left baffled from conflicting images on the weather radar.

A bizarre explanation is behind the mystery appearance of a rain cloud on a weather radar – despite no predictions for a downpour in the area

A ‘mystery rain band’ was shown hovering over the area despite no clouds in sight.

Some rain bands may be a graphic interpretation of large flocks of birds, insects or smoke.

BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff told Courier Mail this particular image had appeared for a very peculiar reason.

‘This one was actually some countermeasures the air force was trying out,’ she said.

‘What they do is they release some stuff that can make their planes harder to detect, which for their purposes makes sense and they test it out from time to time.’ 

'This one was actually some countermeasures the air force was trying out,' Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rosa Hoff said as she explained the reason for the appearance of the mysterious rain band

‘This one was actually some countermeasures the air force was trying out,’ Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rosa Hoff said as she explained the reason for the appearance of the mysterious rain band

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