|Occurred : 12/22/2017 23:00 (Entered as : 12/22/2017 23:00)
Reported: 3/29/2018 9:55:40 AM 09:55
Location: Memphis, TN
|Bright colors of various intensities lighting up low level clouds and mists for nearly an hour.
At about 11pm local time, looking toward the east, I and several others noticed the sky lighting up. My first thought was that it was something akin to heat lightning, but it changed color from blue to orange to red to purple to green to white and it continued to light up the sky at random intervals for varied lengths of time while the entire phenomenon went on for nearly an hour. It was a lightly stormy night with periodic heavy misting in the air so visibility was compromised.
All of us there tried explaining it away as lightning or a transformer shorting out or the like but all were forced to agree that none of our explanations fit. The intensity of the lights was enough to light up between a quarter and half the sky. At times it seemed there was a source low to the ground and other times it seemed high up in the sky, just judging by the relative brightness of the mists and clouds being lit and in which direction the brightness intensified. The range and i! ntensity of colors, duration of the event, and overall unusual behavior and patterns suggested an event outside all of our experiences. It may well have been a weather event, I don't know, but if so it was one I've never experienced or had described to me by any person or textbook.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides little contact information. PD))