March 23, 2005
Location: Clifton, Virginia, United States
luminous spheres during the storm were described as a
"very large object hovering over a nearby house about
an 1/8 of a mile from our house. It was larger than the
house, seemed to be at an angle to her view with the bottom
exposed and had lights all around it evenly spaced."
Norman Gagnon (MUFON Field Investigator)/UFO Evidence
Posted: 5/6/2005 6:21:07 AM
Sighting Time: 00:30 AM
Duration: 5 seconds
No. of Witnesses: 1
Urban or Rural: Suburban
No. of Object(s): Multiple
Distance to Object(s): 1/8 of a mile
Shape of Object(s): bright circular obs
Color of Object(s): white
Description and Details
an email from a Clifton, Virginia man, reporting that
his wife witnessed something strange late in the night,
during a storm that hit our area the previous day (Clifton
is approximately 12 miles west of Springfield, in which
Multiple luminous spheres during thunderstorm I reside).
Email sighting account in part: "We had a power
outage last night and my wife was awakened by the answering
machine clicking on and off as the power tried to recover,
and then it went out completely. She went to the front
door to see if it was raining or windy and saw a very
large object hovering over a nearby house about an 1/8
of a mile from our house. It was larger than the house,
seemed to be at an angle to her view with the bottom exposed
and had lights all around it evenly spaced. When it began
to move away, several lightning flashes were seen and
then it was gone. The power returned two hours later."
second email was received the next day stating that he
had a chance to talk to his wife about this sighting and
he added that it would seem that his wife might have actually
observed "balls of lightning". He also wrote:
"what she describes sounds just like a multiple
ball lightning display which she says disappeared as she
watched it, and then a bolt of lightning went up into
the space above the house from the ground to where the
lights had appeared to be."
little more details were obtained during a telephone interview
that was conducted March 31st. Sighting took place around
12:30 a.m., March 23, during a thunderstorm, as she was
facing south, towards Manassas. The length of the appearance
lasted just a few seconds, from the "balls of light"
formation to the vertical lightning flash.
is my belief that this incident may have been a natural,
Rare Atmospheric Phenomena (RAP) involving multiple ball
lightning, or Mobile Luminous Spheres. To be a witness
of one or two of these lightning balls are rare but witnessing
a group of ten or more is phenomenal! According to Dominion
Virginia Power website, their electrical outage legend
summary dated 3/23/2005, indicated that there were about
24 homes that were affected by this storm in the Northern
Virginia's Fairfax County area.
23rd temperature: 44 degrees, cloudy with rain, average
humidity 81, wind 13 mph NE.
Field Investigator - Virginia
is a complementary report. A drawing/graphic will be sent
Reported To: MUFON & NUFORC
Name: Norman Gagnon
Location: Northern Virginia