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Emily LakdawallaFebruary 16, 2009

Now THAT's meteorology

Meteorology is the study of anything that happens above our heads, so it's totally proper that the following simultaneously alarming and hilarious bulletin was issued by the Jackson, Kentucky office of the National Weather Service. (For those of you outside the U.S., this is the same format and distribution method used by the National Weather Service to issue warnings about high winds, storms, etc., which is why I find this so funny.) Here's the original link; full text is below. Thanks very much to Cosmic Variance for the tip on this one.

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OUS43 KJKL 140445
NSJ
YZ044-050>052-058>060-068-069-079-080-083>088-104-106>120-141030-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
ATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
145 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.

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RAY/WJM

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