|Occurred : 9/1/2002 06:30 (Entered as : 09/01/02 0630)
Reported: 9/14/2002 5:03:47 PM 17:03
Location: Edinboro, PA
|strange contrail in the northwestern pa. sky over lake erie.
i was driving east to hit the interstate 79 southbond when i saw a huge contrail in the north east sky over lake erie.it was going east at a high altitude and at arms length it was about 2 inches long and 3/8 of an inch wide.i could not see what was making this as it was going at an angle away from me.the strange thing was that the contrail had a wavy or swirling appearance to it and to see that at it being so high in the sky was a bit odd.as it moved the contrail stayed at the same length and left no trailing residue.as i pulled onto the interstate and headed south it disappeared over a range of clouds in the eastern sky.i never saw a contrail that looked like that and was wondering what would make such an odd looking one.
((NUFORC Note: Our suspicion is that the witness may have observed a rapidly dissipating contrail, which maintained its apparent length, when viewed from ground level. That is only a guess. PD))