|Occurred : 8/8/2004 00:00 (Entered as : 08/08/2004 0:00)
Reported: 2/12/2005 8:33:11 PM 20:33
Location: Stevensville, MT
Duration:approx 25 minutes
|red circle during thunderstorm
Unable to sleep, my daughter age 18 and myself got up at midnite and decided to watch an incoming thunderstorm over the Bitter Root mountains and have a cup of tea. This was the only thunderstorm that we had last year and the threat of fires was high. Directly west of us is Kootenai Canyon and we were watching a wonderful display of lightning. I spotted a red glow and assumed a fire had been started from the lightning. I grabbed my binoculars to get a better look, and as I was observing the red glow, there was a flash of lightning, and then it sunk in that there was a huge red glowing ball above the far ridge, not anywhere near the ground and right in the middle of the incoming storm. My daughter grabbed the other pair of binoculars and we continued to watch this stationary red ball until it was obliterated by the rain. After the storm passed the "craft" was gone.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))