|Occurred : 6/24/1998 22:00 (Entered as : 06/24/98 22:00)
Reported: 11/18/1998 14:05
Location: Austin (area), TX
|my fiancee' and i were driving to her mother's house in hutto after work for a visit at about 11 o'clock at nigt. it was clear out, which made the lightning very noticable in contrast to everything else.
my girlfriend was driving, and so i watched the lightning for about a minute before i realized how odd it was that it should be occurring at such regular and frequent intervals. we drove faster so that we could watch it better. my girlfriend noticed that there were three or four planes circling it rather closely for the duration of the event.
when we arrived, i ran upstairs to get my girlfriend's 13 year old brother and his friends to come see it. one of his friends pointed out the fact that there was no sound coming from the lightning. after we watched for about ten minutes, my girlfriend and i decided to go drive after it to see what it would look like up clse. we were able to get closer, and it was a large spherical area of sky, and the lightning was coming from the center of it so often that it was practically a ball of light.
the airplanes were still there, and they were small, crop-duster sized aircraft. we tried to videotape this happening, but the recorder did not have a light gauge that made it possible to record it.
we parked for a while, and the lightning died down and finally stopped altogether. my girlfriend's older brother saw the same thing, and he told us about it about two weeks later.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))