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Snowy owl causes wind sensor malfunction

Posted: 4:03 PM, Jan 17, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-18 00:17:57-05
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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A breezy perch for a Snowy Owl created a small problem for the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids this week.

The station's technician set out to investigate why the wind speed sensor at the Gerald R Ford International Airport stopped reporting on Wednesday.

He found it wasn't an issue with the sensor itself; instead it had become a perch for a Snowy Owl.

The NWS posted a photo of the owl on their Facebook page.