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More than half a million ducks light up weather radar in Duluth

Ducks in flight. Photo by US Fish & Wildlife via Flickr in Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
Ducks in flight. Photo by US Fish & Wildlife via Flickr in Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

More than half a million ducks that went airborne near the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge in northern Minnesota sent the National Weather Service (NWS) radar into a frenzy of activity Oct. 16.

The incident happened so quickly and unexpectedly that initially meteorologists at the NSW office in Duluth feared a wildfire was burning in Aitkin County. After talking with local law enforcement, it was eventually narrowed down to the wildlife refuge and to a massive cloud of ducks.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Kevin Huyck, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Duluth, about the incident.
 

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