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Occurred : 3/30/2001 22:00 (Entered as : 3/30/01 2200)
Reported: 4/3/2001 00:36
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Nipomo, CA
Shape:
Duration:Unspecified
Red "glow" seen in clear night sky

I have twice reported, on previous occasions, strange sightings I have personally witnessed. I am a bit hesitant to keep reporting things for fear that I may be taken as one who "jumps to conclusions." I have seen several strange phenomena since my last formal report, but as mentioned above, I have been leary to report them yet again. This all being said, I was scanning through the data base for this month to see if anyone witnessed a similar event to what my husband and I both saw when I came upon several reports from the same day that sounded too intriguing. I feel that I must now break my silence and report what I saw... March 30th, approximately 1030 p.m... TOWN/AREA PROFILE: I live approximately 4-5 miles southeast of the Pacific ocean in a small town. Our town is relatively unpopulated in some areas, including where I walk my dog at night. There are no overly bright lights on our street, the houses around our development or within the surrounding area. I have never noticed any red outdoor lighting before. WEATHER CONDITIONS: We can usually see the entire night sky (stars, etc.) unless their is fog. There was no fog this night. It was about 50 degrees out. REPORT: I had just leashed-up my dog and headed out our back door to take her for her nightly walk around the neighborhood when I noticed a very strange "glow" of red in the night sky. This "glow" was pure red and looked somewhat like what was described in the movie "A Fire in the Sky." I know that sounds silly, but the glow spanned for quite a distance on the horizon. Its strength and color intrigued me. It appeared to move somewhat, but was mainly stationary. There were many dogs howling/barking within the neighborhood at the time. The "glow" lasted an unspecifed length of time. I know that it was there at least through when my husband got back from walking the dog. -I decided not to walk the dog after I saw the glow! I repeat..this was NOT caused by any outdoor lighting and there was NO fog that a light could cast a reflective quality upon. WITNESS DATA: My husband and I both witnessed the phenomenon. He is usually not "spooked" by anything; even he, though, said that he thought that the event was weird and that the dogs barking in the area was strange. We are both college-educated professionals. I am 29 and my husband is 30.

((NUFORC Note: A major coronal mass ejection from the Sun was predicted to strike the earth's magnetic field on this date. NUFORC received reports from Utah, Oregon, California, Texas, and New Mexico on the same night. Everyone reported a peculiar red glow. We suspect the witness describes the same phenomenon, which we believe was an unusual aurora. It was unusual, in that it was red, and unusual in that it was seen at latitudes that are much farther south than where the aurora traditionally is seen from. PD))