A strange black line clearly visible in the sky over Honeymoon Island was photographed earlier this week.
Despite several guesses, weather experts have so far been unable to offer an explanation and the photo remains a puzzle.
The black line was seen by Mike Weight, 73 as he was strolling the beach at Honeymoon Island about noon Wednesday.
He suddenly noticed how a black line appeared against the bright blue sky, shooting down from a cloud into the gulf. He quickly pulled out his phone and took a
couple of pictures.
"At first I thought it was an optical illusion because it was like a dark piece of sky with a light sky background," Weight said. "You could see through it."
Weight soon realized he was not looking at a funnel cloud and he emailed them to the Times, attached with a note.
"Any idea what this was?"
Mike Clay, chief meteorologist at Bay News 9, didn't know what the black line was either. He shared the photos with several other weather experts.
One meteorologist came back with a theory: It could be the shadow of a contrail,
the stream of condensed water vapor left by a rocket or plane. The contrail could have been concealed by clouds, Clay said.
A black line was seen in the sky over Honeymoon Island. Image credit & copyright: Mike Weight
Image credit & copyright: Mike Weight
For such a shadow to appear, conditions need to be just right, with the sun and contrail in precise spots.
But that's just a theory. Clay said no one he spoke with is entirely sure what Weight saw.
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