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Sighting Reports 2009

Photo of Red Lights Taken Over Mt. St. Helens

One of Photos Taken by Webcam of Red Lights Over Mt. St. Helens, Washington. 8:25 AM, February 3, 2009.
One of Photos Taken by Webcam of Red Lights Over Mt. St. Helens, Washington.
8:25 AM, February 3, 2009.

The Johnston Ridge Observatory is Immediately North of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State.
The Johnston Ridge Observatory is Immediately North of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State.

Date of Sighting: February 3, 2009
Time of Sighting: 8:25 AM PST
Location of Sighting: On North Side of Mt. St. Helens

Description: I occasionally take a look at the Mount St. Helen's cam from my desk down here in Dallas, TX (via link on the Oregonian site http://www.oregonlive.com/volcanocam/ ) . I grew up in Portland under the shadow of the 1980 eruption, so I check it now and then to see how
it's doing.

Anyway, this morning there were two sets of lights that appeared on the cam shot. When it refreshed minutes later they were gone. It is not uncommon to see colorful reflections off low clouds on this cam, particularly during sunrise or sunset, but these look like low flying aircraft.

Likely the lights are just two National Guard jets heading back to Portland (though the
light spacing looks a bit wide for their F-15 jets), but I thought I would forward on to you just in case you get any unusual reports from that area today...the cam footage may help identify the objects.

Attached are the screen shots I took off the cam site.

Note: I am not sure of the source of these lights, but the witness's hunch that they may be effluents from military jets from the Portland Air National Guard seems reasonable.

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