Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ball Lightning Sighted In Kispiox, British Columbia (Scanned Article)

Posted: February 9, 2008

by Thom Barker Kispiox/Interior News.

Date of article - August 29, 2007

Several Kispiox residents may have witnessed a rare phenomenon of nature during the wind and lightning storm that rolled through the area on August 12, 2007.

"We noticed this huge white ball, about five feet around," said Pam Barnes.

"It was exuding power like crazy and moving around. I didn't know what it was. I was stunned. I saw it moving over the rooftops and it didn't seem to have any sense of gravity, like a balloon almost."

Then, in a flash it was gone. The whole incident lasted between 10 and 15 seconds, she said.

"It was brighter than the moon," said C.C. Barnes, Pam's four-year old son.

David Jones, a meteorologist with Environment Canada in B.C. said the sighting is consistent with ball lightning.

"We get the odd report of ball lightning, " he said.

"It's a very rare phenomenon. Maybe a once in-a-lifetime experience if you're lucky."

Sightings are so rare, in fact that despite nearly 200 years of scientific investigation, researchers are still divided on its exact nature.

Last year, two Brazilian researchers conducted an experiment that supports the theory. Using electrodes to shock silica wafers they were able to create orbs of electricity that mimicked the behavior of natural ball lightning.


Note: Brian Vike, Director of HBCC UFO Research also contacted Mrs. Barnes and had a great conversation over what they witnessed, an amazing and rare event is right. I will be writing up my own report on this event as well.

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