Lost Places

Samstag, Dezember 2, 2006

Anniversary of Devastation

Filed under: general,report — Franz John @ 22:41

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During the night of 25th to 26th of November 2005, the area of Western Muensterland was hit by a heavy snowstorm. Within minutes power poles cracked like matches and their steel cables tore to tatters. Electricity, traffic and the whole communication system – including mobil phones – were interrupted. All of a sudden, time stood still and the whole area – covered by snow – was separated from the rest of the world for several days.

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Officials say it was nothing but an extraordinary weather condition, a normal incident – but if you listen to people who witnessed the storm, they will report very weird stories:

- wind blew from continously changing directions.
- the temperature sank within minutes under zero degrees (32° F)
- snow and ice fell horizontally, some say it was like sitting under a rotating ventilator
- some could even hear strange noises – describing it like the fly past of a giant vakuum cleaner

I´m not very much surprised hearing rumours in that area it might have been a comet, a UFO or whatever kind of energy from outer space. Fact is: everything happened within a few hours, the snow spread fast on a small strip of land of just a few kilometers. It appeared to arrive from the Netherlands and stopped – like a big stranded whale – at the westside of Schoeppinger Berg.

How can a heavy storm leave such destruction – and not overcome such a small obstacle? The hill is neither very high (just 150m of altitude), nor very wide (2kms). to its left and right the landscape is flat like a pancake.

Was it a coincidence that the storm stopped and rotated in front of a former Dutch Nike Radar? I’m curious if you academics out there can answer this – or are you having the same difficulty explaining such issues.

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6 Kommentare

  1. hi , die Beschreibungen erinnern mich an einen Vorfall in Berlin. Allerdings nicht ganz in diesen Ausmaßen. Damals wurde erstmals unter Berlin Mitte mit Antigravitation und künstlich erzeugten Schwerkraftfeldern experimentiert. Es gab zwar keinen Schneesturm aber es bildetetn sich ernst zu nehmende Raumwirbel in der Nähe des Turmes, der einzustürzen drohte. (Vermutlich brauchte mal wieder jemand einen verbesserten Raumschiffantrieb.) Inzwischen experimentieren sie aus Sicherheitsgründen etwas weiter ausserhalb des Stadtkerns:
    http://maps.google.de/?ie=UTF8&z=17&ll=52.530008,13.452415&spn=0.004686,0.008411&t=k&om=1
    Dort kommt es immer wieder zu ähnlichen Phänomenen, daher wurde der Platz abgesperrt. Eine solch beschriebene Auswirkung könnte eine Singularität von der Größe einer Stecknadelspitze auslösen. Fängt sie an zu rotieren, ist es schwierig die Ausbreitung des Ereignishorizonts unter Kontrolle zu halten. Hin und wieder gelingt dies nicht und der Spass ist in zehn milliardstel Sekunden vorbei. Leider entstehen zur gleichen Zeit kleinere Risse in der Raumzeit, die sich überall ausbreiten können und dort die beschrieben Effekte auslösen. Nach einer kurzen Zeit sorgt das Entropiegesetzt dafür, dass sie sich wieder schliessen. Auf diese Weise erschien 2003 einmal ein kleiner verwirbelter Schneehaufen mitten im Hochsommer auf dem Platz… Leider war er auch schnell wieder weggeschmolzen…
    hi: the descriptions remind me of an incident in Berlin, though not on quite so large a scale. At that time, antigravitational and artificially-produced-gravitational fields were being experimented with for the first time under Berlin-Mitte. Although there was no snowstorm a serious spatial vortex formed near the TV Tower, which threatened to collapse. (Presumably someone required an improved space ship motor again) Since then, such experiments take place a little further outside of the downtown area: http://maps.google.de/?ie=UTF8&z=17&ll=52.530008,13.452415&spn=0.004686,0.008411&t=k&om=1
    Similar phenomena occur over and over again, therefore the square was closed down. One such outcome could be triggered by a singularity the size of a needlepoint. When it begins to rotate, it is difficult to keep the horizon of eventuality under control. Occasionally an attempt to do so is unsuccessful and, in ten millionths of a second, the fun is over. Unfortunately, tiny fissures in the space-time continuum develop which could stretch anywhere and trigger the described effect. After a short time, the laws of entropy assure that they close again. In this manner, a small, whirling cluster of snow appeared on the Square in the middle of high summer…. Unfortunately it melted away again just as quickly.

    Comment by Hardy Krause — Dienstag, Dezember 12, 2006 @ 15:38

  2. At any rate we imagine that a landing place for alien spacecraft would be an ideal use for the place. It looks like there are already some UFO hangars to keep them covered and out of site from the curious public. As for a playground a giant fallen transmission tower would make for a fantastic iron structure from which to swing and climb around. Make it really squished and flat, so the kids can’t fall too far down. How about a transmission tower impaled by incoming UFO…sort of like when small planes get stuck in power lines. Here are some pictures. “downer_b.jpg” is a photo of one of our little sculptures from a couple of years ago.
    plane-caught-in-power-lines.jpg

    http://www.web-l.com/things-you-wont-see-on-cnn/small-plane-caught-in-power-lines/

    Comment by leadpencilstudio (Seattle,WA) — Donnerstag, Dezember 14, 2006 @ 23:41

  3. UFO-Tankstellen
    In Stephen Kings neuem Roman “Lisey’s Story” – auf deutsch heißt er “Love” – gibt es folgende Stelle, die mir im Hinblick auf das Schneechaos in Schöppingen, die umgeknickten Hochspannungsleitungen und die Alien-Theorie bemerkenswert zu sein scheint: “Sie wusste, wie Handyanrufe hier draußen klangen: knisternd, knackend und immer wieder unterbrochen. Scott hatte behauptet, das käme von den Hochspannungsleitungen (die er als ‘UFO-Tankstellen’ bezeichnet hatte).” In Stephen Kings recent novel, "Lisey's Story" - the German title is "Love" - there is a quote which strikingly seems to refer to the snow disaster in Schoeppingen, the cracked power pole wires and the alien theory: "She knew, like mobile telephone calls sound out here, crackly, broken, and interrupted over and over. Scott had said that it would come from the high voltage wires (which had always reminded him of 'UFO filling stations')".

    Comment by Jan Brandt, Berlin — Montag, Januar 8, 2007 @ 11:53

  4. Snow on the Rock
    On the subject of strange weather patterns, something peculiar happened in 1997 at Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) Australia. At about ten o’clock in the morning at the beginning of July, it began to snow on the rock. This was the first time in recorded history. There is no evidence of a snowfall in the oral history of the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines or in Australian Weather Bureau’s records. http://www.stvincent.ac.uk/Resources/Weather/News/summer97.html
    The Schoeppinger Berg and Uluru may be in different hemispheres and climates but they are both steep inclines surrounded by flat landscape. Uluru maintains cultural significance as a sacred spiritual site for its people. Is it possible that the Schoeppinger Berg has a spiritual or religious meaning to the inhabitants of ancient and/or contemporary Germany or is its significance confined to military strategy?

    Comment by Lauren Moffatt, Australia — Donnerstag, Dezember 28, 2006 @ 21:38

  5. Tunguska Event
    When someone speaks about a landing place for alien spacecrafts, I
    inevitably think of the most famous and the most significant comet explosion
    happened in Russia – the Tunguska event. For almost 100 years the scientists
    have been arguing, what had caused such a tremendous explosion, what could
    have caused it and if anything on the Earth is capable of imposing a damage
    of that kind. It’s still a riddle and there are still dozens of open
    questions. Maybe this project of yours can turn over a new leaf for the
    mystery of Tungus meteorite.

    Comment by Emilia, St. Petersburg (Ru) — Samstag, Januar 20, 2007 @ 23:11

  6. Den Schöppinger Berg überzieht ein Spinnennetz schmalerer und breiterer Wege, die sich mehr oder weniger konzentrisch um den Funkturm gruppieren. Seit Wochen beginne ich meine Joggingtour am südöstlichen Ende des Berges, die Strecke kenne ich inzwischen blind – dachte ich!! Bis ich den Berg erstmals über einen weiter außen gelegenen Spinnennetz-Kreis erklomm. Theoretisch hätten sich Wege und Wegmarken nur um etwa 30 Grad verschieben müssen. Praktisch hingegen waren sowohl Funkturm als auch Kapelle – als wichtigste Wegmarken – VERSCHWUNDEN! Am hellichten Tag! Fast eine Viertelstunde und unter beginnender Panik irrte ich komplett orientierungslos über die Felder. Bis der Fernsehturm endlich wie aus dem Nichts wieder auftauchte – an einer Stelle, an der er nicht hätte stehen dürfen. Meine Nerven lagen brach. Ich habe seither alle möglichen Aufstiegswinkel durchprobiert – immer mit klarer Sicht auf den Funkturm… An diesem einen Tag aber muss ich in ein Zeitloch gefallen sein. Der Schöppinger Berg: ein verlorener Ort, der sich friedlicher gibt, als er ist! The Schöppinger Berg is covered with a spiders web of narrow and broad paths that are more or less concentrically grouped around the Broadcast Tower. For a while now I have begun my Jogging track at the south eastern end of the hill and I now know the way with my eyes closed- or at least I thought I did! until I crested the Hill on one of the Spidersweb pathways at the outer sides. Theoretically the paths and markers only would have had to be moved at around 30 degrees. Practically however the Chapel and the Broadcast Tower - the utmost path markers - had conveniently DISAPPEARED! In broad daylight! Nearly a quarter of an hour later I was beginning to panic and was wandering completely disoriented through the fields. Until the Radio Tower finally reappeared as if from nowhere at a place where it couldn't possibly have been. My nerves were at their limit. Since then I have taken every possible track each with a clear view of the TV Tower. On this day though I must have fallen into a time warp. The Schöppinger Berg: A Lost Place that offers itself more peacefully as it is.

    Comment by Björn Kern — Freitag, Januar 26, 2007 @ 18:41

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