|Occurred : 8/5/2006 22:00 (Entered as : 8/5/06 22:00)
Reported: 4/8/2009 4:21:36 PM 16:21
Location: Longview, TX
|Rain "Cloud" in Northeast Texas
On Saturday August 5, 2006 around 10 p.m., a coworker and myself observed three circular lights in the Northern sky in Gregg county Texas. Earlier in the evening on this date, a large dark rain “cloud” had moved in from the west, moving northeast and was positioned in the Northern sky. Within this rain “cloud”, which looked to be several thousand feet in the sky, and maybe several thousand feet in area, my coworker and I saw what appeared to be three white lights which appeared to be just skimming the underside of the cloud formation turning in a clockwise direction. What I mean by skimming is how I think a light source would be observed just inside the bottom of a cloud formation without exposing itself to anyone from the ground. They were more like seeing a light source in a fog or haze if you can imagen a view like this. They were white and dim in places and brighter in other places as they were traveling closer and further away from our angle of view. The three lights were in a triangular pattern circling and synchronized with each other, meeting in the middle of the triangle formation moving in a clockwise direction. Imagen three circles in a triangular pattern with rings touching each other and you can get an idea of these lights. My coworker and myself watched these three lights for about twenty minutes before we decided to get back to work to finish up the night shift, which ended at eleven thirty. During this time while we were both looking at this event we were also scanning the horizon trying to find any kind of light source such as spot lights or other lights coming from the ground in this area which could have been projecting these lights from the ground. We were unable to observe any ground effect lights which could have been causing these lights.
Of course this cloud could have been smaller or larger than described. There was nothing really to reference this cloud’s actual size that we could see in this area to give us a true indication of its size, but from past experience observing storm clouds and rain clouds like this it appeared to be very large in area as well as height.