a reply to: ctj83
Thank you for your detailed and fascinating OP posts.
Just a couple of things I'd like to comment on, relating to the moonrise/moonset and sunrise/sunset details that were posted in the thread here by a
couple of members. This seems relevant to me, as the amount of available natural light could be a useful factor.
The moonrise/set data link posted by a member (on page 2, IIRC) takes us to a page for April, 2004, and the sunrise/set data provided by another
member a couple pages later also seems to correspond to early April of that year.
I am puzzled by this, because the dating info in the video is displayed as 07-04-04. As this video is allegedly from Skinwalker Ranch and also a
security camera, I'd expect it was set up to display dates in US standard format, namely mm-dd-yy. In other words, July 4th, 04, and not dd-mm-yy,
which would be 7th April, 04.
However, it seems that neither the members providing sun and moon data or anyone else has noticed that the video cannot be construed as from 7th
April, 04, for the simple reason that the display also shows the actual day as a 3-letter abbreviation: SUN. A quick check of a
calendar for 2004
tells us that 7th April was a Wednesday, not
It also shows that July 4th was
This means that the data provided for sunrise/set and moonrise/set are wrong, because they should have been for July 4th. On that date in 2004,
sunset time in SLC, Utah was 21:02
. The ranch, being east of there,
would have seen the sunset fractionally sooner. But assuming the time shown on the video is correct, there was still daylight.
Also, on that day, the moon had set at cca 8.22 am and did not rise again
until around 23:27 that night
. Not that it matters an awful lot as the sun was still (just) up, though surrounding terrain could cause deep
shadows by then.
Of course, the fact that the video is supposedly from July 4th raises a few questions of its own, considering the importance of that day for
Americans. It also makes me wonder about the apparently heavy cloud formations and even the question of fog or mist. So I accessed some data for
the weather at SLC Intl Airport for July 4, 2004
high there was 87, the low was 64 and the day's average was 75. Dew point was 44.
Even allowing for the ranch being some miles from SLC, I would expect the temp that day could've got into the 80s F. Even in the early evening it
should have been above dew point. Pretty unlikely to see fog in the early evening on a warm summer's day, in other words. Not saying it can't happen,
but July in Utah is not the place and time I'd expect it.
edit on 26/9/18 by JustMike because: typos