Sighting Reports 2011Man Sees Strange "Halo" Lights
Ascend to Large Dark Object on Cloudy Night.
Date of Sighting: June 18, 2011
Description: Listen to Recording of Interview With Witness (MP3)
Note: Weather conditions were low overcast with cloud heights varying between 300 and 900 feet. Visibility was 8 miles and winds were light and variable. Given this weather scenario the "Mother Ship" and lights must have been flying low. Doppler weather maps were checked from nearby Camano Island, but no returns were recorded. In a subsequent communication the witness stated that he could see a nearby hill which is 400 feet elevation. Given this observation it is likely that cloud bases were around 500 feet. I found The witness's observation that the dark object (Mother Ship) was the size of air craft carrier is probably accurate considering how close he was to the object. This is the first report that our organization has ever received of UFOS that later joined a larger object. Many of these type of sightings occurred in the 1940s and 50s.
Update - October 5, 2011 (Radar Analysis): Radar data from the FAA was requested for the long range radar at Fort Lawton, WA (Seattle area) and Burien, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Airport) short range radar. Long range radars can detect objects out to 200 nautical miles. Short range radars can detect objects out to about 60 nautical miles. The location of the sighting was within the range of both radars. The long range radar did not show any returns in the area where the witness saw the object and lights. The short range radar showed two returns in the time frame where the witness saw the objects. To allow for clock errors the window of radar returns was extended one minute on each side of the time frame where the witness saw the objects. One unknown return was detected at 10:11 PM and the other at 10:15 PM. The witness stated that the large object never moved much, but the lights moved from northwest of his location to southeast of his location. The two radar returns above are in the opposite time locations (first to the southeast and second to the northwest). However, the returns are the only returns in the area and could possibly represent the object. Given the large distance (over 50 miles) the returns could very well be real objects and not "radar angels," weather interference, anomalous propagation, etc. Given the low cloud ceiling (400 to 800 feet) means that the objects had to be below these heights to be visible to the naked eye. These heights were "nearly" below the radar horizon for Seattle radars. The radar horizon would have been around 350 feet above ground allowing for curvature of the Earth.