NUFORC Sighting 59874

Occurred: 2007-11-13 07:15 Local
Reported: 2007-11-15 19:52 Pacific
Duration: 1 minute
No of observers: 0

Location: Cathedral City, CA, USA

Shape: Unknown
Characteristics: Left a trail

11-13-07 object over Palm Springs California leaves billowing white trail but makes no sound.

This event took place while I was working outside-time is approximate but I would say 7:15 or 7:20. The morning was warm and sunny and the sky was clear. When I first noticed it my thought was that it was a plane leaving a con trail (this was very near the Palm Springs airport) but I could not see any object only a large bright white plume. However, something was emitting a billowing plume behind it. The plume was not like a standard con trail- it billowed or seemed to roll behind the object almost like pulsing out-and also dissapated quite quickly - I would say it dissapated in maybe 2000 feet. Another interesting thing to note is that I could not hear it (I was about a mile from it) nor actually see an object ahead of the plume. Airplanes engines make noise and in this valley you can definitely hear them from much further away. I work around the airport and I am familiar with all the engine sounds that our air traffic makes, but this did not make any sound. Mount San Jacinto is approximately 12,000 feet high and was the background setting as this object went by, close to the mountain, heading west to east at an altitude of approximately, based on the height of the mountain, 8,000 feet. I also used the height of the mountain to estimate the length of the trail. I have to believe that tons of folks also witnessed this but found no mention of it on any of the news broadcasts. I have never seen an airplane leave a con trail at that altitude here nor seen a con trail like it. I had my binoculars in the car, unfortunately not around my neck, so I couldn't get a better look at whatever it was. But, as I said, I was working at the time and the work was time sensitive and demanding of my attention so I had to focus back on my work. When I had a chance to look for the object, about 2 minutes later, it was gone or out of sight. Has anyone seen anything similar or perhaps witnessed this same object? I have seen a few unidentified objects through the years but nothing like this. This was totally di! fferent.

Posted 2007-11-28

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