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17 October 2006
by Hiltrud Breyer (Verts/ALE)
to the Commission

 Subject: Mysterious weather phenomena over North Germany
 Answer in writing 

Is the Commission aware that various credible media sources have reported mysterious phenomena in the sky over North Germany? In July 2005, what seemed to be a cloud of a length of up to 400 km registered on the radar screens of different weather stations, even though it was neither raining, nor was there cloud cover. This inexplicable radar phenomenon occurred once more at the end of March 2006. Meteorologists are faced with a conundrum, but are all agreed that there is no simple explanation for this ‘appearance’, such birds in flight or kerosene emissions from airplanes. An erroneous radar reading can also be discounted, as various independent recordings in Holland, Emden and Hannover all came up with the same image. Meteorologists across the country suspect that military experiments are behind the appearances. For example, Jörg Asmus, a meteorologist for the German Met Office, suspects that the military wanted either to induce artificial changes in the weather or simulate terrorist attacks (see Der Spiegel 13/2006). Physicists from the German Aerospace Centre, as well as geoscientists working for the Armed Forces, have come to the conclusion that particles must have been released into the atmosphere in order to show up on the precipitation radar. The Federal Environment Agency is also taking the phenomenon seriously. What knowledge does the Commission have of the reported phenomena over North Germany?

1. How would the Commission assess/explain these?

2. Does the Commission share the assessment of meteorologists, geologists and physicists that military experiments must be behind the unexplained weather phenomena and radar readings, since there is no other credible explanation?

3. Is the Commission aware of any such military tests over North Germany, as part of the war against terror or with the intention of influencing the weather?

4. Are there any grounds for concern that these tests might pose a health or other risk to people and nature?

5. Which EU department is/would be responsible for the notification of such military tests?

6. Under what relevant rules are such tests allowed?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 329, 30/12/2006
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