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Sighting Reports 2007

Photograph Taken of Funnel Cloud With Strange Light on Top

Scan of Printout of Photo of Funnel Cloud With Strange Light
Photo of Funnel Cloud With Strange Light

Map Showing Location of Witness.
San Lius Obispo is About 10 Miles Inland From Ocean

Doppler Radar Image From San Joaquin Valley Radar
Doppler Radar Image From San Joaquin Valley Radar

Infrared Satellite Image Taken on Nov. 28, 2007 at 06:45 AM PST
Infrared Satellite Image Taken on Nov. 28, 2007 at 06:45 AM PST
(The Satellite Image Shows The High Clouds Seen in the Photo)

Date of Sighting: November 28, 2007
Time of Sighting: 6:54 AM PST
Date Sighting Reported: January 3, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Few Seconds
Location of Sighting: About 2 Miles S. of San Lius Obispo, California on Highway 101 (See Map)
Latitude: 35.25 Degrees North
Longitude: 120.68 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: The Official Weather Observation at the San Lius Obispo Airport Showed That Skies Were Clear With a Visbility of 10 Miles. Winds Were of Variable Direction at 6 MPH. The Relative Humidity Was a Dry 30%. (The Witness's Photos Show Clouds in The Direction of His Photo.) The Witness Stated That the Clouds were High and That no Moisture was on the Windows. The Official Weather Observation Was Taken With an Automated Weather Station. These Stations Don't Measure Clouds Below 12,000 Feet. Higher Clouds Are Sometimes Supplemented by Satellite. In This Case This Protocol Must Not Have Been Used. The Above Infrared Satellite Image Shows the High Cloudiness Shown in the Photo Taken by the Witness.)
Astronomical: Sunrise Was at 6:49 PST. Moon Was 70% Illuminated and at 266 Degrees (WSW) and 46 Degrees Elevation at the Time of Sighting. (Moon Was Probably Not Visible Due to High Cloudiness and The Fact That the Witness Did Not Notice it.)

Description: The witness mailed the report. The witness saw the funnel, but did not see the light until the photograph was viewed. Apparently 3 or 4 other funnels were also seen. The "spinning" of the funnel was seen. I used my motorola PEBL GSM wire phone camera to take the photos.

Comments: This sighting is an enigma. Meteorological conditions were everything, but favorable for waterspout/funnel formation on the day that the witness said that he took the photo. No low clouds were even observed at nearby San Luis Obispo airport. The witness reconfirmed that the date of the sighting as November 28, 2007. This date was recorded on his camera. The relative humidity was only 30% which is hardly favorable for any kind of thunderstorm (or tornado activity). Balloon data show that the atmosphere was dry and unfavorable for any thunderstorm activity or rainfall. The closest doppler radar recording any data for that day was at the San Joaquin Valley Radar which was nearly 200 miles away. A small radar blip was recorded in "clear air mode" 40 to 50 miles west of San Luis Obispo. This is the general area where the witness took the photo of "funnel." I am more inclined to believe that the witness photographed another phenomenon which may not be meteorological and could be another "unknown" natural process.

New Information: At my request the witness took some additional photos of the area at the same time, driving at the same speed, and in the same direction as the photo taken above. These photos were taken on a fairly clear morning with only a few clouds. The same light as the photo above shows up in this photo. The witness also took some photos standing still as well as video footage in the direction of where the funnels were sighted. These photos "do not show any light poles" along the highway where the original photos of the funnels were taken. (Some commentors claimed that light poles caused the light and "funnel appearance" in the original photos. Therefore it is believed that a funnel was photographed. The light in the photo could be a reflection of the rising sun in the east on the window through which the photo was taken.