Almost a million ducks create weather radar phenomenon in Minnesota

Those ducks are at it again.
Author:
Publish date:
Screen Shot 2019-10-24 at 7.59.10 PM

Once again, migrating ducks have caused meteorologists in northeast Minnesota to sit up and take notice.

Earlier this month, traveling ducks caused boffins at the National Weather Service to fear some sort of wildfire had started southwest of Duluth.

It turned out that the ducks were just heading south, with about 600,000 of them stopping off for sustenance at the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

On Thursday, they were at it again, except in much larger numbers. 

The NWS-Duluth tweeted radar video showing the effect the ducks caused as they made their way to the refuge.

As it says above, an estimated 900,000 ring-necked ducks made a stop at the refuge Thursday morning.

That's not far off the Minnesota state record for the most waterfowl observed in one location, which saw more than one million observed there in October 1994.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING WEATHER newsletters

Next Up

Flickr - mosquito skin - Jim STauffer

Mosquito levels remain low - but there's some bad news

Get ready to learn about Culex mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.

Dychaun Chew - South High School Facebook

Charges: Driver was going 55 mph, blew stop sign in crash that killed teen

High school sophomore Dychaun Lavonte Chew died after being hit.

Max Kepler

Twins' 8th-inning rally ruined in the 9th as bullpen woes resurface

The Twins scored five runs in the eighth before the bullpen unraveled in the ninth.

Flickr - 148th Fighter Wing - Pete Markham

Air National Guard: Don't be alarmed if you hear fighter jets

The 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth is doing some scheduled night flying.

Lauri Anne Deatherage

Charges: Man killed ex-wife because she got remarried

He sent videos explaining his decision to family members, charges state.

bicycle-557046_1280

Bicyclist killed in crash with truck near Rochester

The truck apparently collided with the bicyclist near an intersection.

section foreman house wayzata

Minnesota's 20 newest additions to the National Register of Historic Places

The state preservation review board will soon consider additional properties for the National Registry, including a steamboat.

jason beckman booking photo June 22 2021

Charges: Man who killed SCSU professor had knocked to ask for help

The suspect had gotten lost and crashed, and told investigators he'd been having delusions.

Thighstop - news release photo

Amid wing shortage, chicken chain launches new chicken thigh meal deals

Prices for chicken wings have skyrocketed over the past year.

life-731138_1280

Legislature approves $220K bill for swimming lessons, lifeguard training

The funding would help at-risk and low-income children learn to swim, as well as address lifeguard shortages.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-06-11 at 7.18.33 AM

That's not rain on Duluth's weather radar – it's birds

Meteorologists in Duluth were curious what the blue blob on radar was.

weather radar

Duluth weather radar down rest of August; Twin Cities next

Hardware upgrades are taking the weather radars out of service for lengthy stretches.

Twin Cities weather radar picks up 'interesting phenomenon'

The bright colors aren't a signature of rain or thunderstorms.

Screen Shot 2019-10-21 at 2.08.43 PM

Coastal flood advisory in Duluth, high winds in Twin Cities

Parts of Duluth's waterfront has closed down ahead of possible storm surges.

spring, sidewalk

Minnesota weather: Nice start to the week, wet finish

Practice social distancing if you do head outside.

noctilucent clouds

'Night-shining clouds' phenomenon spotted in Minnesota

The noctilucent clouds were a sight to see Saturday night.

Screen Shot 2019-11-30 at 9.50.09 PM

Nightmare in the Northland as blizzard pummels Duluth

High winds, heavy snow and even lake flooding caused chaos.