Bill Read to retire as director of the National Hurricane Center

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:28 PM GMT on January 16, 2012

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Bill Read, the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) since 2008, announced Saturday that he will be retiring on June 1, ending four and one-half years as the nation's most visible meteorologist. Read took the post of NHC director after Bill Proenza stepped down following a stormy six-month tenure where much of staff revolted against him. In the wake of the turmoil stirred up by Proenza, Read brought stability to the Hurricane Center. Conversations I've had with staff at NHC indicated that Read was an excellent manager of people, and was well-respected among his employees. His management ability, easy-going style, and solid communication skills made Read an excellent choice for director of NHC, and he will be missed. “I will have been in charge just shy of four and a half years on June 1,” Read wrote in a letter to hurricane center staff . “I had no idea I would ever be considered for such an honor. It’s been quite a ride and I’m blessed to hit the exit ramp in my career after working with you all.”

Previously, Read served as director of Houston's National Weather Service office, a post he took in 1992. Read was called in to work at NHC three times between 1992 and 2005 to help out with hurricane emergencies. Prior to his job in Houston, Read served in the U.S. Navy, where his duties included an assignment as an on-board meteorologist with the Hurricane Hunters. He began his career in 1977 with the National Weather Service test and evaluation division in Sterling, VA.


Figure 1. Bill Read at the National Hurricane Center forecast desk. Image credit: NOAA.

National Hurricane Center Directors:
Gordon Dunn, 1965 - 1967
Robert Simpson, 1967 - 1973
Neil Frank, 1973 - 1987
Bob Sheets, 1987 - 1995
Robert Burpee, 1995 - 1997
Jerry Jarrell, 1998 - 2000
Max Mayfield, 2000 - 2007
Bill Proenza, January - July, 2007
Ed Rappaport (interim), July 2007 - January 2008
Bill Read, 2008 - 2012

Who will the next director of NHC be?
The retirement of Bill Read means that a search for NHC's eleventh director must be complete before hurricane season arrives. While I haven't had time to ask them if they are interested, here are four candidates who would make excellent directors of NHC:

Dr. Ed Rappaport, Deputy Director of NHC since 2000. Dr. Rappaport served as interim director of NHC during the hurricane season of 2007, and did a great job. He did not want to be the permanent director, though, and it is uncertain if would want the position now. In a Q and A interview posted on the NHC web site last year, Dr. Rappaport said, "The responsibilities are immense and, to date, the circumstances have not been right for me to be the director full time. But I will consider it the next time the opportunity arises. For such a critical position, one which has such important responsibilities, great visibility, many challenges and the long periods of travel, everything has to be aligned right within your professional and personal life to make the commitment that is required to do the job well." I have to believe that if he wants the job, the next director of NHC will be Ed Rappaport.

James Franklin, Branch Chief of the NHC Hurricane Specialists Unit. Since 2008, Franklin has been responsible for the quality of hurricane forecasts coming out of NHC, a tough, high-pressure job that he has handled remarkably well. Before arriving at NHC, Mr. Franklin worked as a hurricane research scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division.

Dr. Chris Landsea, NHC Science and Operations Officer since 2005. Between 1995 - 2004, Dr. Landsea worked as a hurricane research scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division. Dr. Landsea has testified in front of Congress several times on the issue of hurricanes and global warming, and has excellent public communication skills.

Dr. Rick Knabb, tropical weather expert for the Weather Channel. Dr. Knabb served as a senior hurricane specialist at NHC from 2005 - 2008, then took a position as deputy director and director of operations of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and NWS Forecast Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2010, he joined the Weather Channel.

Jeff Masters

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I know this might be very off topic but who do you guys want to be in the super bowl?




New England and San Francisco, 42-17 NE! :D
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Quoting stormygace:


Like Al Gore, eh?


Yes. Wait, no.
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SPLbeater isn't a troll.His intentions are good.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


if i am a troll so is everybody else

Why you done include me? No way. I ain't no troll.
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Quoting AlwaysThinkin:


Amazing how someone who believes God is the greatest being is so obtuse about the beauty which he creates.


i never have said anything negative about the growth on earth that God had created. i just said it looks like some nice firewood. thats it
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Quoting hydrus:
I think your right.


if i am a troll so is everybody else
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I noticed it said AmyRochelle.Are you from that part of New York?
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..How 'bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart?
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I heard it off an on from about 7:00 to around midnight.


Why do I feel inclined to post a scene from Blazing Saddles?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
It was late at night.Not to sure what time.I think it was some time after 12:30.


I heard it off an on from about 7:00 to around midnight.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I thought it was an earthquake possibly too. What time did you hear it?
It was late at night.Not to sure what time.I think it was some time after 12:30.
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I know this might be very off topic but who do you guys want to be in the super bowl?


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Looks like some very rough weather heading toward the Atlanta area soon.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I herd the rumbles and thought..'not another earthquake".Strangly enough this morning when i went to myfoxdc.com I didn't see anything on it.Not even when I watched them this morning.Besides those ba***rds are becomming more international then local as of late.


I thought it was an earthquake possibly too. What time did you hear it?
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Not sure if you know what Reddit is but story's of weird noises are being reported all over the world similar to your description. Personally I think its nothing but it makes you think otherwise sometimes.


It sounds a lot like thunder, lasts about 30 seconds, then stops for a few minutes. There were no planes overhead at all and no cars/trucks were going past.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Never really got around to it, but there was a lot of talk today in the DC area about some loud rumbles last night. It wasnt aircraft because we werent near an airport and there were no thunderstorms in the area. It was quite weird, but I can't find any news articles about it.
I herd the rumbles and thought..'not another earthquake".Strangly enough this morning when i went to myfoxdc.com I didn't see anything on it.Not even when I watched them this morning.Besides those ba***rds are becomming more international then local as of late.
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Is the world going crazy? New unexplained noises...

What are they? Mysterious unexplained noises now being reported across the globe
Posted on January 17, 2012
January 17, 2012 World A series of unexplained noises are being reported across the globe and the frequency of these events appear to be increasing. The sounds range in description from Cbizarre and creepy to Cindustrial and mechanical. The sounds appear to be omni-directional and seem to have no single traced source of origin or horizontal source of degree graduation- leaving one with the impression they are coming from directly overhead or directly underneath the earth. The videos below are reports of the unexplained acoustic phenomenon.











Nah, that's just the sound the world makes when god farts.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Never really got around to it, but there was a lot of talk today in the DC area about some loud rumbles last night. It wasnt aircraft because we werent near an airport and there were no thunderstorms in the area. It was quite weird, but I can't find any news articles about it.
Not sure if you know what Reddit is but story's of weird noises are being reported all over the world similar to your description. Personally I think its nothing but it makes you think otherwise sometimes.
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Never really got around to it, but there was a lot of talk today in the DC area about some loud rumbles last night. It wasnt aircraft because we werent near an airport and there were no thunderstorms in the area. It was quite weird, but I can't find any news articles about it.
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Since this hasn't been a cold winter then I think the southeast may be under the gun.Someone put the tracks up for 09,10,and 11 seasons.They(hurricanes) recurved becasue of all the trofiness in the east during those years.This year isn't so much trofiness.Sooooooo.
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360) Wanted to bring that element in as well, but felt I couldn't write it well enough. Nicely put!

Back at you 368. How many handles do you have now?
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Quoting Skyepony:
The talk of the odd noises & earthquakes makes me wunder what IR sat looks like during the sounds. There is something about how molecules can line up before a quake..disturbs the whole field ground & above. It can be seen on IR like it's raining but it's not. Just picking up on the "earthquake weather". Odd though is noises haven't been so associated with this in the past.

What we've heard hear is more of a traveling rumble..not the other noise we are hearing in some of these youtubes.

& on the note of upsetting little girls with it. One here was totally disturbed by it without knowing what it was.


30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China.

Link

10 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China

Link
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Quoting Skyepony:
The talk of the odd noises & earthquakes makes me wunder what IR sat looks like during the sounds. There is something about how molecules can line up before a quake..disturbs the whole field ground & above. It can be seen on IR like it's raining but it's not. Just picking up on the "earthquake weather". Odd though is noises haven't been so associated with this in the past.

What we've heard hear is more of a traveling rumble..not the other noise we are hearing in some of these youtubes.

& on the note of upsetting little girls with it. One here was totally disturbed by it without knowing what it was.


Nah. She's 22. Lol. More of a "scoop" than anything else. I'm usually not the first to hear about anything! We discussed the possibilities of HAARP, hoaxes, etc. She wondered if it was in "The News" which is where we found the Samarahan story. I'm just as curious as anyone about the sounds. Wonder if this will be just another thing we'll never find out about.
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Tornado Warning
Statement as of 3:55 PM CST on January 17, 2012

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
southeastern Marion County in south central Mississippi...
this includes the city of Sandy Hook...
southern Lamar County in southeast Mississippi...

* until 430 PM CST

* at 356 PM CST... National Weather Service meteorologists detected a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Sandy Hook
moving east at 40 mph.

* The tornado will be near...
Pinebur by 405 PM CST...
Baxterville by 410 PM CST...
Purvis and Lumberton by 425 PM CST...
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If you don't mind paying, certain insurers--such as Lloyd's of London--will be glad to cover just about anything you want.
This must be the place Michael Jackson insured his face or Charlie Sheen his kidney, or Tim Tebow his football talents...
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Quoting Minnemike:
i think he's just a well intentioned youngster, missing the points... many of them... but after carefully reviewing (logged off), while i have him on ignore i wouldn't call him a troll.
to be fair

1000++++++++
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Quoting Skyepony:
More semi-truck & trailers blew over. This time in KY. One driver is critically injured.

Interesting that at image 14, both semi's are visable in the same photo.
This would seem to indicate that the high winds were very localised? The trucks seem to be no more than 100 yards apart. Probably moving in opposite directions, without other vechicles involved.
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Quoting bappit:
SPLbeater is just a troll.
i think he's just a well intentioned youngster, missing the points... many of them... but after carefully reviewing (logged off), while i have him on ignore i wouldn't call him a troll.
to be fair
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370. Skyepony (Mod)
The talk of the odd noises & earthquakes makes me wunder what IR sat looks like during the sounds. There is something about how molecules can line up before a quake..disturbs the whole field ground & above. It can be seen on IR like it's raining but it's not. Just picking up on the "earthquake weather". Odd though is noises haven't been so associated with this in the past.

What we've heard hear is more of a traveling rumble..not the other noise we are hearing in some of these youtubes.

& on the note of upsetting little girls with it. One here was totally disturbed by it without knowing what it was.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I am not going back to the lightning strike theory until we have a confirmation on this but, yes, that is very plausible. ;-)

Anything on this, Neapolitan? ... Yes, I am looking before I leap this time.

;-)

A recently-published blog entry in the Orlando Sentinel has a few more bits of info:

"In an about-face, the state Division of Forestry is no longer ruling out arson in the fire that killed The Senator, one of the world's largest trees.

"We are not ruling out anything at this time," said forestry spokesman Cliff Frazier. "The information I got from the investigator today and what I got yesterday was totally different."

A mysterious fire destroyed the 3,500-year-old baldcypress in Seminole County's Big Tree Park early Monday morning. Local firefighters initially suspected a man-made blaze could be the cause because there had been no lightning in the area recently, and there is no electricity near the tree.

- - -

Frazier said the change in his agency's stance on whether arson could be involved resulted from a "miscommunication," though he would not elaborate. The investigation is still ongoing, he said."
Quoting palmbaywhoo:
I did read they had the tree insured... dont know if it is true or not, but I wonder what kind of insurance company offers that, if thats the case, I'm gonna get a few things of mine covered
If you don't mind paying, certain insurers--such as Lloyd's of London--will be glad to cover just about anything you want.
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367. Skyepony (Mod)
KY~ Escaped horses found after severe weather damaged barn on Tuesday

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I knew a story like this one was on the way: The New Science Classroom Battleground: Climate Change


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Quoting dabirds:
Tried to ignore your comment yesterday, but this continued lack of respect for a rare and ancient living entity shows your lack of maturity (not suprising).

It's just teenage behavior, get used to it..not trying to be mean but it's not unusual..
..Soooooo who do you guys want to be in the super bowl.
My pick is the Ravens and the '9ers
you?
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I did read they had the tree insured... dont know if it is true or not, but I wonder what kind of insurance company offers that, if thats the case, I'm gonna get a few things of mine covered
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Not a lot going on weather-wise here. 75f kinda overcast. The loud noise videos were cool. I really freaked out my daughter with them. That was fun! Have more of that planned for later. :D lol

Rumble in the sky over Samarahan

Posted on January 15, 2012, Sunday


KOTA SAMARAHAN: Unexplained chilling sounds, which filled the air of Samarahan in the wee hours of Jan 11 and 12, have residents there puzzled and perturbed until today.

One of the theories being thrown into the pan is that it could be a by-product of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP) undertaken by the United States, while others believed it were from processing machines hard at work at an oil palm factory owned by Felcra in Kampung Endap.

But the fact remains that until today the mysterious sounds, which some say resembled loud snoring sounds, remain veiled.

Teacher Mohd Ferdauz Jemain, who lives at Kampung Meranek, was one of those who heard the unexplained phenomenon on Jan 11.

%u201CIt was around 2 am when I was awoken by a strange sound. It was a loud hushing sound,
and quite similar to someone snoring.

%u201CI immediately got out of bed and went outside of my house to see what was happening. The feeling was a chilling one. I could not establish where the sound was coming from %u2026 it was as if something coming from the sky.

%u201CFrightened, I quickly dashed inside, but stayed awake till daylight as I would not sleep any longer. If I am not mistaken, the sound persisted until about 5am.%u201D

To prove that he was not spinning a tale, Ferdauz said he had recorded the phenomenon on his mobile phone, and he played it for thesundaypost reporter yesterday.

He added that the matter became a hot topic of discussion in Samarahan that day, and
some of the residents even documented their experience on Facebook.

%u201CVillagers in Meranek, Pinang, Sindang, Tambirat and even those living at Desa Ilmu housing estate have also heard those eerie sounds.%u201D

Several residents suggested that it could have come from the oil palm factory in Kampung Endap, but resident Harith Amin, who had worked at that factory previously, brushed it off as nonsense.

%u201CThe factory has been there for the last eight years, and I am sure it was not sounds produced by the machines there. In addition to that, no oil palm processing machines could produce sounds which could be heard 8km away,%u201D said Harith, who also made a recording of what he had witnessed. To verify Harith%u2019s theory, Ferdauz decided that should the phenomenon occur again the next day, he would make a dash for the factory.

Ferdauz: %u201CI worked at a school in Sebuyau, so I wake up very early to go to school. True enough, the strange sounds happened the next day, and I quickly made a stop in front of the factory. No sounds came out from there (factory).%u201D

Ferdauz claimed that he also saw strange pattern in the skies in the early morning of Jan 12.

%u201CThe clouds appeared to be in straight lines, and well formed. I have never seen anything like it, but whatever it is, I am sure there must be a scientific explanation for it.

%u201CBut later that day, an earthquake hit Sumatera in neighbouring Indonesia with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale. I am not sure whether both incidents are related in some ways.%u201D

The incidents only occurred for two nights %u2013 Jan 11 and 12.

Meanwhile, Kampung Meranek%u2019s JKKK chairperson Mahmud Pawi, who claimed that he also heard the sounds together with his family, said hoped that the authorities concerned could shed light on the matter.

%u201CWhen I woke up that morning (Jan 11), I had goose bumps just listening to the sounds. I quickly woke up my entire family and we sat at the veranda trying to figure out what it was and where it was coming from.

%u201CWe hope that someone can step forward and enlighten us with an explanation.%u201D



Nah...It's just Grother getting up in the morning. That's all.
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362. Skyepony (Mod)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - Springhurst Tennis Club sustained significant damage in the storm. The club is on Simcoe Lane, near Brownsboro Road and the Gene Snyder Expressway.

Greg Combs of Springhurst Tennis said no injuries are reported.

Combs said approximately 50 people were playing tennis when management moved them off the courts into safe zones before the high winds hit.

A wall next to Court Ten and part of the roof were blown away. Other parts of the structure also sustained damage.

The club will wait for a structural assessment before determining when it can reopen.
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Quoting hcubed:


Unless some low-life cut out the copper straps/ground rod to sell for scrap.


I am not going back to the lightning strike theory until we have a confirmation on this but, yes, that is very plausible. ;-)

Anything on this, Neapolitan? ... Yes, I am looking before I leap this time.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


cut it down and send me some firewood, the stack is getting smaller lol


Amazing how someone who believes God is the greatest being is so obtuse about the beauty which he creates.
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Quoting bappit:
SPLbeater is just a troll.

So it's 57.3 degrees out here and the rain just cleared up...
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Another possible flaw in your theory: there had been a crown-to-root lightning rod/cable system in place at The Senator for more than 80 years, which obviously greatly reduces the chances of lightning having startied the fire.

And, yes, the tree was hollow along its entire height; in fact, the fire burned from the inside out ("like a chimney" was the standard comment yesterday).

I'll close by saying this: at 3,500 years of age, if it died of natural causes, it's very sad. And if it died from arson, it's that much sadder...


Unless some low-life cut out the copper straps/ground rod to sell for scrap.
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Quoting palmbaywhoo:

I bet our local growers are very content with the winter so far....
Hope it doesnt dry out too much this spring though


That had to have caused some damage.. Between that & the fungicide positive tests out of Brazil, FL growers are sitting pretty.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Another possible flaw in your theory: there had been a crown-to-root lightning rod/cable system in place at The Senator for more than 80 years, which obviously greatly reduces the chances of lightning having startied the fire.

And, yes, the tree was hollow along its entire height; in fact, the fire burned from the inside out ("like a chimney" was the standard comment yesterday).

I'll close by saying this: at 3,500 years of age, if it died of natural causes, it's very sad. And if it died from arson, it's that much sadder...


I wish you would have given me this tidbit of information before I expressed the lightning strike theory. LOL .... I still rule out suicide.
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Quoting bappit:
SPLbeater is just a troll.
I think your right.
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354. Skyepony (Mod)
More semi-truck & trailers blew over. This time in KY. One driver is critically injured.
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Quoting Skyepony:
CA citrus growers had temps to 19ºF..

I bet our local growers are very content with the winter so far....
Hope it doesnt dry out too much this spring though
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Not a lot going on weather-wise here. 75f kinda overcast. The loud noise videos were cool. I really freaked out my daughter with them. That was fun! Have more of that planned for later. :D lol

Rumble in the sky over Samarahan

Posted on January 15, 2012, Sunday


KOTA SAMARAHAN: Unexplained chilling sounds, which filled the air of Samarahan in the wee hours of Jan 11 and 12, have residents there puzzled and perturbed until today.

One of the theories being thrown into the pan is that it could be a by-product of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP) undertaken by the United States, while others believed it were from processing machines hard at work at an oil palm factory owned by Felcra in Kampung Endap.

But the fact remains that until today the mysterious sounds, which some say resembled loud snoring sounds, remain veiled.

Teacher Mohd Ferdauz Jemain, who lives at Kampung Meranek, was one of those who heard the unexplained phenomenon on Jan 11.

“It was around 2 am when I was awoken by a strange sound. It was a loud hushing sound,
and quite similar to someone snoring.

“I immediately got out of bed and went outside of my house to see what was happening. The feeling was a chilling one. I could not establish where the sound was coming from … it was as if something coming from the sky.

“Frightened, I quickly dashed inside, but stayed awake till daylight as I would not sleep any longer. If I am not mistaken, the sound persisted until about 5am.”

To prove that he was not spinning a tale, Ferdauz said he had recorded the phenomenon on his mobile phone, and he played it for thesundaypost reporter yesterday.

He added that the matter became a hot topic of discussion in Samarahan that day, and
some of the residents even documented their experience on Facebook.

“Villagers in Meranek, Pinang, Sindang, Tambirat and even those living at Desa Ilmu housing estate have also heard those eerie sounds.”

Several residents suggested that it could have come from the oil palm factory in Kampung Endap, but resident Harith Amin, who had worked at that factory previously, brushed it off as nonsense.

“The factory has been there for the last eight years, and I am sure it was not sounds produced by the machines there. In addition to that, no oil palm processing machines could produce sounds which could be heard 8km away,” said Harith, who also made a recording of what he had witnessed. To verify Harith’s theory, Ferdauz decided that should the phenomenon occur again the next day, he would make a dash for the factory.

Ferdauz: “I worked at a school in Sebuyau, so I wake up very early to go to school. True enough, the strange sounds happened the next day, and I quickly made a stop in front of the factory. No sounds came out from there (factory).”

Ferdauz claimed that he also saw strange pattern in the skies in the early morning of Jan 12.

“The clouds appeared to be in straight lines, and well formed. I have never seen anything like it, but whatever it is, I am sure there must be a scientific explanation for it.

“But later that day, an earthquake hit Sumatera in neighbouring Indonesia with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale. I am not sure whether both incidents are related in some ways.”

The incidents only occurred for two nights – Jan 11 and 12.

Meanwhile, Kampung Meranek’s JKKK chairperson Mahmud Pawi, who claimed that he also heard the sounds together with his family, said hoped that the authorities concerned could shed light on the matter.

“When I woke up that morning (Jan 11), I had goose bumps just listening to the sounds. I quickly woke up my entire family and we sat at the veranda trying to figure out what it was and where it was coming from.

“We hope that someone can step forward and enlighten us with an explanation.”

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CA citrus growers had temps to 19ºF..
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SPLbeater is just a troll.
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Quoting nymore:
A hollow in the tree is a very good point Rookie. This is the only thing I can see could be a flaw in my theory. Thanks for keeping me honest

Another possible flaw in your theory: there had been a crown-to-root lightning rod/cable system in place at The Senator for more than 80 years, which obviously greatly reduces the chances of lightning having startied the fire.

And, yes, the tree was hollow along its entire height; in fact, the fire burned from the inside out ("like a chimney" was the standard comment yesterday).

I'll close by saying this: at 3,500 years of age, if it died of natural causes, it's very sad. And if it died from arson, it's that much sadder...
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