|Occurred : 7/15/2004 19:40 (Entered as : 07/15/2004 19:40)
Reported: 7/15/2004 8:09:09 PM 20:09
Location: Yuma, AZ
|The object seemed to be playing in the clouds - like playing tag before it seemed to disappear into the cloud.
I use sphere to describe the craft(?) because in estimating the distance I really could not discern the shape. I judged the distance to be about 20 miles to my east. I live at approximately Exit 12, off Insterstate 8.
At approximately 19:40 MST I was watching a thunderhead that was to my east and east of the Gila Mountains. The thunderhead, from my observation, extended from north to south. Below the thunderhead was a smaller, darker cloud separated from the thunderhead. There was blue sky between the two sets of clouds. As I watched I saw an object drop out of the thunderhead and hover in the space between the two clouds for a few seconds. The object dropped into the small cloud, disappearing. Suddenly the object shot out of the lower cloud and hovered again between the two for a few seconds. Then, just as quick, it shot back into the thunderhead.
Now my curiosit was up and I waited to see if the object would appear again.
After roughly a minute the object dropped out of the thunderhead again. This time after hovering for roughly 15 seconds it moved quickly north and hovered again between the two clouds. By this time the smaller cloud had moved north somewhat and the tunderhead seemed to have gained some height. After about 10 seconds of hovering the object shot down into the smaller cloud. It stayed there for about 20 or 25 seconds When it reappeared it had moved back to the south and shot out of the cloud to hover for about 10 seconds below the thunderhead. Then it shot up into the thunderhead.
I waited for it to reappear but did not see it again.
The thunderhead appeared to be moving slowly north by north east in the direction of Phoenix.
I had the thunderhead and smaller cloud under observation for approximately 12 minutes by the object did not reappear.
It appeared that the object was playing with the clouds as the thunderhead began to break up as I continued to observe it. The small cloud seemed to be traveling due north.