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This Strange 'Spherical' Cloud Appeared In The Sky Over Japan

Sphere image enhanced in Luminee

"And the answer is... it's probably nothing."  

🤣 right..... - Terran

This Strange 'Spherical' Cloud Appeared In The Sky Over Japan

October 11, 2020  Science

 Bizarre pictures setting out of Japan last week show what appears to be an extraordinarily spherical cloud hovering over the town of Fujisawa, just south of Tokyo.

According to reports from the photographer, the cloud began to lose its shape as soon because it was photographed, then rapidly faded into the sky as if it never existed.

"When I looked out of the window I saw a round ball-shaped cloud. I gazed at the cloud for ages then I rushed to require the photo, after I saw the cloud it had been an excellent more spherical shape, so I regret not taking the photo more quickly." Twitter user @pmxpvrtmx(Poppy) told the local Japanese news outlet, Rocket News 24. 

While the photographs shot at Shonandai station on Sunday afternoon haven't been independently verified, this can be not the primary time a fluffy cloud ball has been spotted in recent years.

The images below, captured by Twitter user @NicoSpqy9ba9 (Nico) in 2015, show an analogous phenomenon elsewhere in Japan.

Some have suggested that the spherical cloud of Fujisawa is really a roll cloud- a rare kind of low, horizontal cloud formation that typically appears as a result of cold fronts, and is often related to thunderstorms. As you'll see during this footage of roll cloud, they're incredibly cool in their own right:

But roll clouds are distinctly cylindrical and never round, so our cloud ball must be something else. Another Fujisawa local claims to possess photographed the sphere, and as you'll be able to see, it doesn’t look nearly so round from another perspective:

As an atmospheric scientist, Todd Lane from the University in Melbourne, Australia says, this may well be the most effective clue we've in determining what this cloud could actually be.

And the answer is... it's probably nothing.

"While I can’t verify the origin of this image, or whether it had been even of the identical cloud, it appears that the cloud only appeared spherical from one direction, that is, the photographer was lucky to be within the right place to capture a stimulating image of what's likely an uninteresting cloud. it's to me to be some type of cumulus fractus cloud" Lane told ScienceAlert. 

For those of you who aren’t up with their cloud types, cumulus fractus clouds are low-hanging, fragmentary clouds that are usually small bits that are cleaved off the perimeters of larger clouds by strong winds. which means they often look stretched or shredded, just like the second perspective of the choice perspective above.

If that's quite a let-down, there's always the more 'creative' explanation that the spherical cloud was first spotted in north Wales four days earlier, and somehow made its thanks to Japan..? (It didn't).

This entirely unrelated 'fog dome' was photographed in Tremeirchion, north Wales, in step with the BBC, and while it'd look as nicely spherical because the Japanese cloud, they're entirely different phenomena.

"This could be a very unusual phenomenon, but the foremost likely explanation is that the 'fog dome' has been caused by a source of warmth near the bottom, possibly an agricultural building or a comparatively warm pool of water, because the fog has formed within the valley, this heat source has forced the fog to lift removed from the bottom into a dome as warmer air rises; sort of a hot air balloon." UK Met Office and BBC Weather Centre Forecaster John West told the BBC.

Terran note: England does have some unusual atmospherics, given its wet cool climate.  I've seen clouds no more than 5 feet across float 10 feet above country roads near Bristol England in the late hours of the day, but it was very close to the Irish sea where the air is very saturated.  I don't think the Japan sphere is local atmospherics as the Sun is very high up in the sky.  This is not a morning or evening related weather phenomenon.

Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer
Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests,
"Pandemic is Over"

Dr. Mike Yeadon

In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts that false positive results from inherently unreliable COVID tests are being used to manufacture a "second wave" based on "new cases."

Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, says that half or even "almost all" of tests for COVID are false positives. Dr. Yeadon also argues that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already.

In an interview last week Dr. Yeadon was asked:

"we are basing a government policy, an economic policy, a civil liberties policy, in terms of limiting people to six people in a meeting...all based on, what may well be, completely fake data on this coronavirus?"

Dr. Yeadon answered with a simple "yes."

Even more significantly, even if all positives were to be correct, Dr. Yeadon said that given the "shape" of all important indicators in a worldwide pandemic, such as hospitalizations, ICU utilization, and deaths, "the pandemic is fundamentally over."

Yeadon said in the interview:

"Were it not for the test data that you get from the TV all the time, you would rightly conclude that the pandemic was over, as nothing much has happened. Of course people go to the hospital, moving into the autumn flu season...but there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen."