CCCRN NEWS - June 25, 2003

1880 Crop Circle Report and New RDA Formation Reports

Paul Anderson, Director

1880 Crop Circle Report - Nature Magazine

In the July 29, 1880 issue of Nature magazine, a short letter to the editor was published, written by a respected scientist of the time, spectroscopist J. Rand Capron, describing circular flattenings in a wheat field in Surrey, England. The description given is very similar to many other cases of crop circles of the simpler variety, both current and older, of circular flattened areas with standing centres of stalks and untouched walls of standing crop around the outside perimeters of the circles.

This case was first discovered by Peter Van Doorn as a reprint in the January 2000 issue of the Journal of Meteorology. For anyone who may not have seen this report yet or is interested in a copy of the original published letter in Nature, CCCRN has obtained a print copy from the microfilm archives here in the Vancouver library. This is the original letter in Nature, not the 2000 reprint. The copy also includes the volume cover page (Volume XXII, May 1880 - October 1880) as there is not a separate copy of the cover available for that specific issue (July 29, 1880). The mentioned sketch was not published with the letter unfortunately.

New 'Randomly Downed Areas' Reports
- British Columbia and Ontario

Three new reports of 'randomly downed areas' (RDAs) from May 25 to June 19 have been added to the RDAs archive in the Possibly Related Phenomena section on the web site, one in British Columbia and two in Ontario. The BC one, at Abbotsford, is not far from the area of the two large corn formations in Mission last year, and the two Ontario reports, at Caledon East and Cheltenham, are in the same region as similar reports from the same time last year, which preceded additional 'regular' geometric formations in the following weeks. As they are not circular or geometric per se, they are not listed in the main 2003 crop circle report archive, although some semi-geometric patterns and other interesting characteristics were noted. While many random patterns are ordinary lodging or weather damage of course, similar appearing occurrences have sometimes exhibited complex lay patterns and stretched or ruptured stalk nodes like those often found in the 'regular' circular or geometric formations, extensively documented by the BLT Research Team and others.