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Re: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj.nul>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 09:35:51 -0800
Archived: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 16:56:15 -0500
Subject: Re: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

>From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 21:17:54 -0500
>Subject: Re: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

>>From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:57:57 -0600 (CST)
>>Subject: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

>>First, I spoke with the witness of the UFO case in Prince Edward
>>Island that has been on the news the past few days.

>>On December 26, 2007, at about 5:30 pm, he and his wife saw a
>>dark object spiraling towards the ground near the horizon. They
>>grabbed their video camera and began filming, and what was
>>caught on film is remarkable. A blackish object giving of
>>"smoke" was seen, which the witnesses likened to a "plane in
>>trouble." The actual object was difficult to see, bit the
>>witness thought it was shaped like a ball. It was descending at
>>a shallow angle, in a corkscrew motion, moving away from the
>>witnesses, towards the west. Eventually, a long, black contrail
>>was formed. The witnesses lost sight of the actual object, and
>>it did not seem to actually reach the ground before it became
>>too dark to observe it, lasting more than half an hour in total.

>>The link to the video is at:


>Hi Chris,

>With Don Ledger having provided a possible explanation for the
>second UFO report you shared with us, I would like to give a
>possible explanation for the first UFO report, which although
>sounding very strange as interpreted by the witnesses, did not
>live up to the billing on the video.

>Having carefully watched the entire video clip, unless the two
>witnesses, Tony and his wife Marie, rushed at superhuman speed
>they must have had their video camera closeby and ready to use
>in order to capture this trail of "smoke" so close to the start.
>I wonder if they were admiring and video recording the sunset
>and other bright jet contrails before they first noticed this
>tiny dark and slowly growing streak in the sky?

>As an amateur astronomer like Chris and also having been
>employed as a climatologist for Environment Canada (with formal
>training in atmospheric sciences and having working many years
>as an observer/technician on various meteorological projects
>throughtout Canada and abroad, I can say with much confidence
>that this trail of smoke is a jet contrail.

>Although the witnesses could not make out the shape of the dark
>object (very likely a commercial airliner on its way to Montreal
>or Toronto), it certainly was not falling "towards the ground"
>since all distant objects moving away from you will appear to be
>falling towards the horizon.

>Since the dark object was observed after sunset "for more that
>half an hour" before it was eventually lost in the the night
>sky, this further confirms that it was jet contrail and not a
>fireball or a crashing plane on fire.

>Jet contrails will form - and persist - only when an aircraft
>reaches an altitude where the temperature drops low enough for
>the humidity in the air to condense into artificial clouds or

>Like clouds, jet contrails appear white when seen in daylight.
>After sunset distant high altitude jet contrails can still
>appear white since would still be reflecting the last direct
>rays of the Sun. During twilight, distant jet contrails along
>the western horizon will appear like short nearly stationary
>firey orange or red fireballs - the same colour as the
>surrounding clouds at the same altitude, if any.

>Since this UFO sighting was made after sunset, this explains why
>the dark contrail was interpreted as dark smoke. The tight
>corkscrew appearance of the slowly widening trail is something
>that is not unusual for jet contrails produced by aircraft
>wingtip vortices (something I have experienced while flying in a
>Cessna 172 right behind a "heavy" on final approach to Toronto's
>Pearson International Airport).

>Chris, when very reasonable and highly probable explanations are
>provided for these and other UFO reports, do you still include
>them in the totals for the 2007 annual Canadian UFO survey?

Hi Don, Nick and Chris,

I noticed two or three anomalous aspects to that contrail.
First, the footage labelled "A few minutes later" showed a
definite well formed contrail-like shape that seemed unrelated
to the shape of the prior footage, if both of them together had
formed the same contrail. Yet, the trail seen in both footages
was definitely one and the same, if I interpret the report
right, though I was unable to discern the corkscrew-like motion
of the short "trail" in the prior footage.

In that prior-footage view, the leading edge of the trail seemd
most pronounced and showed no indication of fanning out wider
farther behind, as  in the normal case, and seemingly in the
case seen in the later view.

The other anomaly was that in the later footage the rear end of
the "contrail" cut off very abruptly just where it had become
exceptionally wide, which was evidently where it had formed.
(The upper winds seemed to have been toward the observer with
component from the right.) By then the trail was still too short
for enough time to have elapsed for a typical widening contrail
to have widened nearly that much. Such widening usually takes a
half hour or more.

If these possible anomalies are combined with the eye-witness
"corkscrew" report, I find it anomalous. However, the fact that
the lateral widening "fingers" were present on one side (the
right) and not the other made it look more typical.


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