A Utah witness at Salt Lake County reported watching and videotaping four orb-like objects moving in the opposite direction of the wind, according to testimony in Case 64303 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was standing outside about 6:40 p.m. on March 29, 2015, when the objects were first seen.
“I first saw four objects together,” the witness stated. “Then one left and then the other. The other two stayed stationary.”
The witness then began videotaping the event (seen above).
“They slowly drifted east until out of sight.”
Utah State Director Erica Lukes and State Section Director Heather Giesen investigated and closed the case as an Unknown.
“At first he thought they might have been balloons, but began to realize they were not moving with the wind,” the investigators stated in their report. “After reviewing the weather data which states that the wind was moving in the opposite direction of the objects, and speaking with the witness at length and reviewing the video, these objects are not behaving in the way weather balloons or Google Loon balloons do.”
The investigators questioned one possible scenario for the objects.
“I will also not rule out drones, but at this point I will classify this as an Unknown. If new information is obtained I will amend the file and case disposition.”
The video is available on this page or can be downloaded here. Video language warning.
Salt Lake County is a county located in Utah with a population of 1,029,655. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
As a pilot I know that the wind can move in different directions over the same location depending upon the altitude. Just because the wind is moving in one direction at ground level does not necessarily mean it is moving in the same direction above you. In as little as 1000 feet attitudinal it could be moving contrary to the ground wind direction. I have seen radical differences between ground and 2,500 feet.
I, too, am a pilot, but although wind velocity will veer (head more to the “right”), and increase, with altitude, near the ground, a 180 degree difference or anything close to that is virtually unheard of, and above a few thousand feet there should be practically no change, especially with no significant weather.
Pete, as a pilot, are you familiar with the Jet Stream and the stratospheric winds?
Open your mind:
The wind shifting directions at the altitude the objects were at isn’t required to explain the motion of the objects because the MUFON investigators obviously assumed the direction of the wind in the weather data was the direction the wind was blowing. It is not; wind direction is the direction the wind is coming from. Here is the weather data for Salt Lake City for the day in question. The wind was from the northwest, the camera was pointed variously from the north to the east, and the objects were moving to the right. The objects’ movement is entirely consistent with the direction of the wind.
The video itself shows the direction of the wind. At the 29 second mark the video pans over a homemade windmill. Unless you are Linda van Schoonhoven you know how windmills work. Windmills point into the wind.
Not sure whether these are baloons, someone flying their remote control vehicle, or what. It is unidentified, but not very impressive. With so many better videos out there, would not spend a lot of time on this rather poor one.
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