|Occurred : 10/31/2006 08:00 (Entered as : 10/31/06 08:00)
Reported: 1/31/2007 1:42:15 PM 13:42
Location: Chicago, IL
|Perfect giant circular hole in heavy clouds with a clear blue sky only within the hole.
One morning in late October 2006, as I prepared to leave for work, I went out to my back yard to feed the pets. My back door faces east towards the I57 highway which is approximately 400 hundred feet to the east of my home. I always check the sky and get an idea of the weather. This was approximately 8:00 AM.
I looked up at the eastern sky which was mostly cloudy and immediately observed a giant circle of a hole - exposing a clear blue sky- in the clouds. My first thought was that it was not normal. I looked at it for several minutes, but the clouds never moved or closed over the hole.
I returned indoors, completed my preparations for work and departed the house at approximately 8:45AM. I could still see that the huge hole in the clouds had not moved or grown any smaller. I took the north entrance ramp to I57 at Burr Oak Avenue that kept the unusual sky to my immediate right at all times. Traffic was moderately heavy for a Tuesday morning rush hour, but not slow.
I was able to observe the sky constantly northeast or east of me for the twenty minutes it takes for me to drive from my home to my job on the southeast side of Chicago in the South Shore community. The formation remained unchanged for the forty-five to sixty minutes that I observed it. I recall that it was mentioned on the evening news during the weather report because people had called or e-mailed about it. It was explained away as a cloud occurrence that may have been caused by jet fuel or engine fuel exhaust from a plane. I thought, "No Way!" I think a picture of it was sent to the Daily Southtown newspaper as well.
I am writing about it because of the sighting that took place at O’Hare Airport occurred on November 7, 2006, and the disk that was observed hovering over the airport hanger was said to have created the exact type of hole which I observed in the eastern sky over the far south side of Chicago a week prior to this event at the airport. I believe we had a visitor.
((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))