reply to post by this_is_who_we_are
Yup....airliners flew overhead, early AM, and left some contrails behind.
Here's a newsflash: I thought about this stuff this AM (I'm in N. VA, Alexandria to be exact. A very close suburb of Washingotn, D.C.). Outside,
just after 7:00. Lots of thin, wispy cirrus clouds, clouds that have moved in overnight (well, really, in the wee hours of the morning...because, the
weather is ALWAYS changing).
Being well aware of the Jet Airways over my area, these were NOT left-overs from airplane contrails...just what Mother Nature natually does.
Because of this location, most traffic is primarily between major metropolitan areas to the NorthEast --- Boston, NYC, and farther up in New England
--- do many other markets, Florida, other parts of hte South, and SouthEast. As well as any inbound/outbound International traffic over the Atlantic
Ocean. And, to the Caribbean. However, most of that traffic is busiest begining in the morning, and very little occurs overnight.
Unlike YOUR area, where there are dozens of flights, especially a lot of cross-country coast-to-coast flights, for instance, that operate all night
I thought I'd already linked the www.flightaware.com...
Or, here (using Detroit to center the map): flightaware.com...
(Green airplanes are passing by, blue ones are arriving/departing from the selected airport).
Of course, this is NOW....you would have had to be watching the acitivty from BEFORE you took your pictures. If you hunt through that website, you
WILL find the records of other flights, as well as their routes, and times, to see what passed by your area in the last few hours.
Here, I did one for you, for example:
All I did was click on "Don't Know the Flight Number", from the FlightAware site.
I just guessed at two cities: KSEA (Seattle) and KJFK (New York Kennedy).
And, BINGO!! A Delta flight that passed over the Great Lakes region last night. Eastbound. As you can see, it arrived before 0700 EDT in New York,
so it was over the Lakes only about an hour and a half prior. You can see the ground track it flew (the green line) and there is a detailed
description too (click on "track log & graph").
With that, and a little work, you can figure out many more, and what times they went by, and where they flew, etc. (Don't forget that flights to/from
Canada exist, too....as well as many other late-night International flights, to many different destinaitons).
edit on 12 October 2010 by weedwhacker because: Link and text.