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Originally posted by Phage
Wunderground has the wind direction between 10pm and 11:51pm as East - Calm. Another website I checked also stated winds as S-SE for 5am Aug 19th - 2012.
Calm means no surface wind so direction is sort of irrelevant but in your map showing wind direction you are showing a west wind and a northwest wind. Wind direction is the direction from which the wind is coming, not where it is going.
It looked well below the cloud line, maybe 600ft?
There is really no way to judge the altitude of a light in the sky and trying to ascertain absolute movement can be difficult. For example, a rising object can present the illusion of horizontal movement.
I don't think you can rule out a lantern and that is very much what it looks like. It sounds like one of your neighbors likes them.edit on 8/21/2012 by Phage because: (no reason given)
In my map I have the direction of wind as EAST, EAST SOUTH EAST, simply because a few other websites state showed winds blowing EAST SOUTH EAST
Sky lanterns can rise very high. They can also appear to fade into the distance as the fuel is exhausted and the flame goes out.
It looked kinda like it was burning. At the end it seems to drift up VERY high before it slowly disappears.
Why is it always Lanterns? Hey I saw your cat being chased by a dog yesterday, I bet you'd say lantern lol
I don't know, it's far away and difficult to tell. I just get wound up by Gortex always shouting lanterns,
he put to death my sightings when they were real and documented.
I can't wait to go and get better footage to (in the nicest possible way) silence him