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Sighting Reports 2008

Man Sees Yellow Orb Move Between 2 Clouds

Date of Sighting: January 27, 2008
Time of Sighting: 4:40 PM PST
Date Sighting Reported: February 7, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 5 to 10 Seconds
Location of Sighting: Tacoma, Washington
Latitude: 47.24 Degrees North
Longitude: 122.36 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds With Bases at 4,500 Feet and 20,000 Feet. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the Southwest at 2 MPH.

Description: The witness called and reported the sighting. He thought that he may have witnessed "ball lightning," but wasn't sure. The witness stated that he was driving eastward on 38th street and was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Pacific Highway. At that time he noticed a yellow orb moving rapidly (at about jet speed). He stated that the orb moved out of a grey cloud and went into a white cloud. Skies were cloudy at the time. No lightning, thunder, or rain was occurring at the time of sighting. He lost sight of the orb when it went into the white cloud.

Additional Written Report by Witness: This is my first daylight observation of a UFO. Prior to this day, my only two other experiences were in the last five years and at night. By my description, I was led to believe by others that what I saw was just a satellite. The following experience was much different.

I was stopped in the right turn lane, two or three cars back from the stop bar looking east at the intersection of 38th St. and Pacific Ave. in Tacoma, WA. It was approximately 4:40 p.m. and the weather was overcast with some sunbreaks but mostly low, billowy gray and white clouds and a light gray cover that completely obscured the Cascades and Mt. Rainier from my view.

As the traffic began to move, I saw a yellowish orb (shaped like a tic-tac from my vantage point.) exit a gray cloud bank to the north, and move at a constant velocity and altitude above what I presume were, the foothills of the Snoqualmie forest in the Enumclaw vicinity.

Within seconds of seeing the object, I made a quick glance to my right to make my turn onto Pacific Ave heading south. I looked to the east and fortunately I was able see it again, between the telephone poles, in about its last 1/3 of visible travel before it entered a white cloud bank to the south.

I had no time whatsoever to try to grab my cell phone camera and miss the opportunity to witness and/or try to identify what I was seeing. I estimate the distance from my vantage point to the object at approximately 15 to 20 miles, (using Google Earth). At that distance, I could not make out any surface features, hear any sound, or observe any contrails or changes in its color, shape, or trajectory.

When the object disappeared into the white cloudbank, I immediately looked at the clock in my truck, which is accurate to a minute or so. It was 4:40 p.m. I started to write down this info as I drove south down Pacific Ave.

From my vantage point with the hills visible behind it, the objects trajectory and size reminded me of one of many film clips I have seen countless times on television, of jet aircraft flying nearly nap of the earth, dropping ordinance with the desert hills in the background.

In contrast, less than 5 minutes down the road at the intersection of 72nd and Pacific, I looked up and saw a 727 looking jet liner very high in the sky, but obviously low enough to clearly recognize as a commercial aircraft.

I grew up in Lakewood WA, very close to McChord AFB. I have observed many aircraft fly at varying altitudes around Tacoma for over 30 years. I soloed a crusty Cessna C-150 at Shelton Airport in the summer of 1986. I became proficient at recoqizing aircraft, especially F-16s, F-15s and F-18s by their vertical stabilizer orientation at very long distances. I feel I would have recognized the profile of the object as a fighter jet or a light plane at that distance except that it travel much to fast to be a light plane. Also, even though there may have been a break in the clouds, a glint from an aircraft windscreen does not look like a yellow orb. Fighter Jets don’t fly along the Snoqualmie Forest.

My conclusions are that it was either:

1) Ball Lighting
2) Super secret Boeing aircraft developed over the decades from captured Nazi plans and prototypes.
3) An example of the yellowish appearing, cigar / orb shape UFO seen and filmed throughout recent history.

Comments: The witness is a civil engineer and was baffled by what he saw. I do not believe that the orb was "ball lightning" because it moved too slow. Ball lightning will "streak" and generally is only visible for a second or two. Also weather conditions were not conducive for formation of "ball lightning." I am inclined to believe that object was number 3 of the witness's conclusions above.