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09-24-2015 07:48 AM
seabeau
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Many years ago, during my working life, I was driving home one evening, south of Augusta Ga., when I noticed the sky above Augusta to be ablaze with red light. Assuming that some large structures in the city were on fire I called one of the local radio stations and was informed that the brilliant red hue was from the Aurorae Borealis. It was breathtakingly beautiful and to be seen this far south, an extremely rare occurrence.
09-24-2015 06:36 AM
cruisingdream
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

On a very cold clear night Light Pillars over the land. I had never seen them before, found out its light from the city reflecting off of ice crystals in the air(very cold night).

Also SSN 715 USS Buffalo
09-24-2015 05:54 AM
seabeau
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Many, many years ago, on a beautiful sunny March day, Mares Tails the only observable clouds,with the air temperature about 60 degrees, wind from the west at 15 to 25. I was on a bream reach up the GA. coast, about 4 miles out in front of St. Catherine's Island. The wind had kicked up a slight sea with waves being about 4 to 6 ft., water depth shallow 30 to 45 ft. About 12 noon, we were struck by an intensely dense and cold micro-burst that fell out of the upper stratosphere directly down upon our vessel. One second we were sailing along northward at a good clip and the next second we were becalmed, with an intense temperature drop to approx.30 degrees. being evidenced. This extremely cold and dense column of air then proceeded to radiate out in 360 degrees from the vessel , halting the west wind and flattening out all of the previously mentioned and observed sea state to the distance of about a 1/4 mile. We were all simply stunned. It was extremely surreal, as you might imagine. In about a minute the microburst was spent and the normal wind and water returned and we sailed on to Savannah. All in all quite a remarkable day, that I'll never, never forget.
08-31-2015 01:41 AM
Lummox3077
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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This is a great thread. Thanks for sharing all these interesting stories.



That sounds like a static electric charged ball, or "ball lightning". It doesn't always or necessarily occur during a thunder storm.

A plane my father was piloting was struck by a larger one over Scotland. It came in through the cockpit/nosecone, floated right down the center aisle of the plane, and exited through the empennage, blasting a hole in it. He had to make an emergency descent and landing in Prestwick. Passengers reported that the charged ball was about 18-24" in diameter.

Ball lightning tends to have a soft white/yellow/light green glow and is often mistaken for an apparition.
If my random information collection process is working.. those "ball lightning" were called "Foo Fighters" in WWII then a couple years later a band appeared under the same name..
08-30-2015 10:48 AM
krisscross
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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Just after dinner we observed glowing objects some as large as footballs in the water we were sailing through. No one had ever seen the phenomena before. We speculated perhaps squid and I always wondered about that night. Last year I read Bernard Moitessier's book the Hard Way and he had the answer. Had had observed the same phenomena Colonies of phosflouescent algae.
No, no, no... they are small UFOs (unidentified floating objects) with tiny aliens inside.
08-30-2015 10:20 AM
mbianka
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Back in the 1990's I was on an 80 foot schooner. We had left the Dry Tortugas and were sailing through the Gulf of Mexico toward Cuba. Just after dinner we observed glowing objects some as large as footballs in the water we were sailing through. No one had ever seen the phenomena before. We speculated perhaps squid and I always wondered about that night. Last year I read Bernard Moitessier's book the Hard Way and he had the answer. Had had observed the same phenomena Colonies of phosflouescent algae. THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: A MYSTERY OF THE SEA FINALLY ANSWERED THANKS TO BERNARD MOITESSIER
Only took me twenty years to find the answer.
08-30-2015 12:04 AM
sailpower
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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My best sailing friend...also a memever of MYC was a commander of a LA Class Boomer and lived in Noank Conn, stationed at New Groton for 8 years. He has told me many stories about them.

I admire the men/ women who do this to protect our country.

Dave
Old post I know but the LA (Los Angeles) class boats are SSN not SSBN so are not "Boomers".

Fun fact; US Submarine Base New London is actually in Groton.
08-30-2015 12:03 AM
Rusty123
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

SSBN 727 Blue
08-29-2015 11:50 PM
sailpower
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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How many submariners are on this forum anyway?
SSBN 610B, six patrols.
08-29-2015 11:00 PM
guitarguy56
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Last time I started a thread like this I was branded a kook, alcoholic, crazy, nitwit... you name it... read the thread...

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...e-sailing.html

... mind you I was on a Navy research vessel in the Bahamas at AUTEC (Andros)... so I and many other seaman saw what we saw!
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