Posts Tagged ‘phenomena’

James Berry (1851 – 1913) served as an executioner from 1884 up until 1891. He was an alcoholic and 13th February 1904 was set to be the last day on earth for Berry, he set off to commit suicide. This then became the very last thing on his mind as he read about mysterious lights appearing during a religious revival at Barmouth. He then got into a conversation with a stranger, who was an evangelical Christian, and following this set out on a new path as a preacher.

The report may have been similar (or even this one) by the Daily Mirror who reported how it shone like a carriage-lamp and as he got closer the light changed into a bar of intense blue light. Those on the other side of the light did not report this change as they watched it.

These lights are associated to the same thing as Earth Lights. The lights in Barmouth are hypothesised to be a geological phenomenon. It was found that the lights were not reported after that time and they had indeed occurred shortly after an earthquake (a local one that was most likely very minor but I haven’t been able to confirm this). The curious thing I have found about earth lights in the readings I have mustered the time to make (and I wish I had more) is that there are so many varied reasons about them and they can range from UFO, ghost to natural phenomenon.

James Berry may well have read about a very natural event but the one thing it did do was save his life.

Link to an article about this on Fortean Times.

Not the band! or the kids show… But the Phenomenon.

In World War II the pilotes of Allied aircraft described lights or strange things in the sky as foo fighter. Originally it was termed for the UFO sighting by the US 415th Night Figher Squadron but took on the name from there for all unexplained objects in the sky. The original assumption was that the lights or objects might be enemy craft, secret weapons etc but they were reported by both sides.

The term foo was taken from Bill Holman’s Smokey Stover by Donald J Meiers from 415th Night Fighter Squadron.  However a RAF Pilot’s report from a bombing mission over Germany in 1942 also contains the term so there is no confirmation about where it really began to be used.

Pilots described objects that were glowing red, white or orange. Some said they came across the sky like Christmas lights and that they circled around like they toyed with the aircraft before they vanished. The other common factor is that they seemingly flew with intelligence but never seemed to act in a hostile manner. They were also known as “kraut fireballs” and the military did seem to take them seriously, strangely enough both German and Japanese pilots were reporting a similar thing. A rationale for the sightings was a possibility of afterimages from flak bursts, or perhaps St Elmo’s fire.

On one occasion a gunner of a B-29 hit one and it was said that it fell in large pieces setting buildings on fire. Again people still unable to confirm this report state that they feel it is still more likely to be an electrostatic phenomena like St Elmo’s fire.

So what is St Elmo’s fire? It’s a weather blip if you like, named after St. Erasmus of Formiae who is the patron saint of sailors. It is bright blue or violet and has at times been confused with ball lightning. The fire is a mix of gas and plasma, and they are often witnessed during thunderstorms as the right conditions are met to ignite them.

Various legends for the beautiful natural event and some have been named. Welsh Mariners called them Spirit Candles, and the Chinese Goddess Mazu is believed to create a fire on top of a ships mast to bless lost sailors.

St Elmo’s fire was also reported to have been seen in 1453, at the Seige of Constantiniple by the Ottoman Empire. It was reported to be on the top of the Hippodrome and the Byzantines said it was a sign that the Christian God would come to destroy the Muslim army. It then disappeared just days before Constantinople fell and ended the Byzantine Empire.

Ball Lightning

Hessdalen is a small valley area in central Norway, between 1981-1984 the local residents were alarmed by a series of strange lights. Hundreds of them were observed, with sometimes up to 20 a week being sighted and reported currently. The peak in 1981 seemed to have a report for 15-20 a day, that’s a lot of light shows, and better than any fireworks in my opinion.

Whilst the phenomena has calmed down there are still reports and where possible data is still collected. There is no suggestion of the Paranormal but there is a lot of interest in them and why they occur.

Got a severe case of insomnia? You could always watch the webcam.

The lights are usually white, yellow or even red as a description. They may be free-standing in the sky or sometimes they hover around, when they do move it is with terrific speed. The lights are part of a series of reports around Norway about unexplained light phenomenon and has tourists that are quite avidly interested in the idea, not to mention you can always book a tour for the Northern Lights whilst on your journey.

So what are they?

They could be minor natural gas explosions, where you get something like a dust cloud that ignites. Some have put forward that it might be some form of plasma ball where a similar thing will occur, the plasma ignites and creates a small explosion.

Some of them have later been identified as car lights, aircraft etc when looked into but none-the-less there are many that are still part of the lights phenomenon and enough interest in it that they have a research station.

Whatever the cause of this there’s definitely some interest in it still and National Geographic have covered it.