Forest Weather Phenomenon

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: RPC-0000 is to be closed to the public at all times. The fence surrounding the area should be patrolled and checked regularly for damage. Personnel are not to enter RPC-0000 during anomalous weather phenomena for an reason without written permission of site director. Staff should only be present in large groups on side when practical. Site should not be penetrated more than a few hundred meters without clear evacuation plan. RPC-0000 and the surrounding airspace have been designated no-fly zones, and satellite observation of the area is unlawful.

Removal of plants and wildlife from RPC-0000 has been suspended indefinitely, as research and testing on individual specimens has yielded no useful results.

Description: RPC-0000 is a dense temperate forest measuring approximately 4.2 thousand kilometers in (redacted), survey coordinates (redacted). The forest is about 65 percent deciduous, 20 percent coniferous, and 15 percent mixed. There are notably few streams and bodies of water, and very little in the way of fauna. The site is surrounded by other forest and woodland, and the exact boundaries of the anomalous phenomena are difficult to determine, so the perimeter fence has been constructed with generous margins.

A few times each month, often at night, the site experiences a peculiar weather phenomenon. On cloudless days and nights, a severe storm will develop within RPC-XXXX. Each anomalous storm forms with little warning and is typically over within a few hours, though the storms occasionally last a few days. The storms apparently originate from somewhere within the site and are confined to the forest itself, including in terms of altitude. During the storms, clouds may sometimes be seen moving and hovering in the canopy, though these clouds cannot be seen from above or without the site. Climbing to the top of a tall tree during one of the anomalous storms will reveal clear weather above the canopy. Plain external observation reveals only the wind blowing through the trees and flashes from lighting. So far no anomalous weather events have been recorded during non-anomalous storms. Notably, non-anomalous storms often cannot be observed from within the site save for cloud cover and lightning.

The site first came to the Foundation's attention after a series of missing persons reports concerning the area during the 1940s. Further investigation revealed a canon of local tales and legends concerning the anomalous weather phenomena and people who went missing in the forest during anomalous weather events. Individuals who entered the site during anomalous storms or were caught in them were never seen again. Entire search parties sometimes disappeared while looking for missing individuals. Bodies have never been recovered.

Foundation researchers began surveying and studying the area in the late 1940s. A whole team of Foundation meteorologists and ecologists disappeared during an anomalous storm in 1949. The Foundation acquired and designated SPC-XXXX later the same year.