|Occurred : 9/19/2008 07:55 (Entered as : 09/19/2008 7:55)
Reported: 9/19/2008 12:58:36 PM 12:58
Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ
|Large Shade Spots with no corresponding objects
I had turned onto Hwy 40 from HWY 95 headed west. Cruise control was set at 75 mph.
I still had my sunglasses on and noticed some large dark spots on both sides of the highway in the desert. I thought perhaps there had been some brushfires overnite but did not smell any smoke. I removed my sunglasses and and could tell it was not spots of brushfire, but rather large shade spots. All levels of terrain were covered in shade.
There were a minimal number of bands of cumulus clouds in the sky, but not enough to create the huge areas of shade spots in the desert. There were at least 4 shade areas to the north and two areas to the south. I called my husband on the cellphone to tell him about the shade spots. As I was running parallel to one of the large spots, I started counting to try and measure distance. I counted to fifteen seconds before my view was obstructed by cliffs. ( I calculate 15 seconds at 75 mph is approximately 1290 feet.) I exited at the Golden Shores exit. (First exit in western AZ)