I just saw something I can't explain...

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  1. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    This is weird, and I can't explain what I saw.

    I was looking out a window while at work. I was looking down at a shallow rain puddle that had developed from the light rain we are having. It was in a kind of shallow valley of pavement that had been created to funnel rainwater down a drain in the center, but the drain must be plugged, because the big puddle had formed that was probably about a half inch deep and 6 feet across. I'd say the incline of the "sides" of the valley was only 5 degrees or less.

    Anyway, I was watching the ripples from the raindrops, when I noticed a little swirling funnel of water traveling along near the edge of the pool that was nowhere near the drain. I though it may have been caused by the wind, but there was no noticeable wind. I watched it for a while, perplexed, and then it moved all the way to the edge of the pool. I thought it would disappear when it hit the edge of the water.

    Here's the part I can't understand. It didn't stop - it kept moving up the incline of wet pavement, all the while creating the swirling ripple effect. It's hard to explain, it's like I watched a living, spinning water ripple move up a hill on it's own. It traveled about a foot up the incline before it dissipated.

    WTF was it? All I can think of is a slight breeze that, due to the right conditions, had enough power to carry swirling water up wet pavement - yet there was no wind. I would think a strong gust would be needed to pull something like that off.

    I don't get it.
     
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  2. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    I don't get it either... It makes no sense...
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    I saw it again - it must just be caused by a slight breeze being amplified by the location. The puddle is at the end of an outside corridor of a parking ramp - the breeze could be getting trapped and whirled up.

    It's still odd. I've never seen such a thing.
     
  4. Team Jetfire

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    Is it from the water draining? You said that the drian was pretty far, but perhaps the current of the puddle moved it the cyclone.
     
  5. pscoop

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    I would recommend getting to work before your boss notices you staring out the window. :lol  Or try to get video for us.
     
  6. Herbz

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    It's probably a soliton wave: a special wave that propagates without losing amplitude.
     
  7. Covenant

    Covenant Mr. Roboto in Disguise

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    Backed up drain I'd suspect. More water coming up out, pushing the ripple upward.

    Or so I'd guess.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

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    It has nothing to do with the drain, guys. It happened on the opposite end of the puddle, 5 or six feet away. The puddle was only an inch deep at most, I don't think a plugged drain will cause ripples on the other end of such a shallow pool.
     
  9. Donocropolis

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    Probably small whirlwinds created by wind moving around structures in the area. The whirlwinds pass through the puddle and keep going, swirling the water in the puddle and the water on the wet pavement. You only see the effect of the wind on the water, so it looks like its the water moving.

    Either that, or its ghost trains. They say these woods are full of them.
     
  10. Foster

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    It's a kraken.
     
  11. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    There are more things in heaven and earth, MMM, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
     
  12. MnemonicSyntax

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    Maybe it was Link, using the Wind Waker.
     
  13. Smasher

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    You are inside looking through a window.

    It appears there is no wind from where you are, but there has to be some degree of wind outside. That has to be it even though the phenomenon is still peculiar.
     
  14. plowking

    plowking I'm with ErechOveraker. Veteran

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    KRAKEN!!!!!!!!!AHHHH!!!!!!
     
  15. MegaMoonMan

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    I dunno - my philosophy involves some pretty strange shit.

    I imagined that they were caused by lost, underground technology from an advanced civilization that died out millions of years ago and said technology just happens to emit water churning particle waves periodically at that location.

    Or it was a breeze.

    Either option is pretty fuckin' crazy.
     
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    I WANT TO BELIEVE!!!!! *Dawns his tinfoil hat*
     
  17. jourdo

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    Wow... a tinfoil hat reference that is NOT is an EBK thread.

    On topic: God is fucking with you. He must be having a slow day as well.
     
  18. Team Jetfire

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    Stop doing drugs, or start doing drugs...either way it will explain this.
     
  19. EvaUnit13

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    Imma need ya to pee in this 'ere cup, kay?

    Weird shit happens when you're bored
     
  20. Katamari Prime

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    Facsanating. And how did that make you feel?
     

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