Birds flying across Lake Superior show up on radar

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DULUTH, MN — The National Weather Service in Duluth says despite the clear skies Tuesday morning, images of what looked like hail stones popped up on radar in the area.

After looking into why hail was showing up, officials with the NWS say it turns out seagulls or lake gulls were flying south across the head of Lake Superior.

According to the NWS, the bird density was about 3-6 birds at a time onscreen all going south, and radar returns are based on the diameter of the scatterer to the 6th power.

Officials say although their display was lit up, there weren’t as many birds as you would think.

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