Ten Wildebeests in a Teacup (johnboze) wrote,
Ten Wildebeests in a Teacup

Weird Atmospheric Stuff

I was traversing the north shore of Lake Superior this weekend, all the way from Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth. at many points, the radio reception was poor, but I pretty much expected that. Then, somwhere between Marathon and Nipigon, a really bizarre thing happened.

The station I had been listening to faded away, so I shut off the radio for ten or twenty minutes. When I turned it back on, literally every single frequency had something on it, but it was all garbage. Every single frequency I tuned to sounded like three or four stations coming in at once, or fighting back and forth to be heard loudest.

Finally, I was able to make out something intelliglble. The station was in Fayetteville. I hadn't heard of a Fayetteville, Ontario, but I didn't know the area very well, so I thought nothing of it. Then they did weather, and said they were expecting a high of 90, so I knew it had to be south of the border. But where-Michigan? I know weather can sometimes vary quite a bit but it seemed almost impossible that it could be almost chilly where I was, and 90 across the lake. Plus, this was FM, so I knew the signal couldn't have carried all that far. Only AM carries that far, and even then only after dark...

Then they said the weather in Raleigh/Durham would be similar, as would the weather in Charlotte. My jaw dropped. I was listening to FM radio in the midafternoon near Nipigon, Ontario Canada, and the station was originating from Fayetteville, North Carolina!!!

Then, the signal faded back into the clutter...

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