NUFORC Sighting 103654

Occurred: 2013-10-26 05:00 Local
Reported: 2013-10-26 19:16 Pacific
Duration: 1 hour
No of observers: 2

Location: Honolulu, HI, USA

Shape: Flash
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

Lightning wtihout thunder and flickering that lightens the black sky to blue.

This morning I woke up about an hour before sunrise, to see what appeared to be something similar to lightning without thunder. Looking Southwest from Waikiki, at about 19.5 degrees above the horizon, in hazy clouds, an extremely bright light would flash, and light up everything as if a full Moon were out. This was briefly preceded by some dimmer, flickering that lightened the entire black sky to blue.

Honolulu International Airport began service and the first airliner took off Southward along the shoreline then headed East as the lights continued their routine. The next jet took off following the same flight path, but stopped short just before arriving to the cloud with the light, then circled back to the airport. Then another jet took off, went to the cloud, and circled back to land, as well. The lights continued, and finally three more planes took off, one of them a commercial airliner, the other two smaller, propeller planes, all headed on the same path East as the first plane. The lights continued until the morning sky just turned from black to blue.

Posted 2013-11-11

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