I’m just going to go ahead and say it: 2018 has been a wacky year so far. That’s not to say that things aren’t going well, they certainly are, but never in my life have I seen the sort of strangeness that we are witnessing near-daily this year.
First of all, the elephant in the room has to be our sudden chumminess with North Korea as evidenced by President Trump’s diplomatic gamble paying off in a big way this week. Somehow, the mainstream media minstrels are attempting to play a somber tune in response, as opposed to celebrating the six decade nightmare’s end.
In addition to that bizarre and unlikely tale, we are experiencing a great deal of “once in a lifetime” events, including the election of a “Citizen” President in Donald Trump, the private space industry’s rise, and the advent of Fake News.
Oh, and let’s not forget about all the bizarre missile launch stories in which accidental emergency alerts were disseminated among confused and often terrified populations.
Now, in a twist on that occurrence, a missile launch itself has been caught on camera, but the military is actively denying that it occurred at all.
Greg Johnson of Skunk Bay Weather, a local weather website that runs camera enabled weather stations on the northern Kitsap Peninsula; Kitsap County, Washington, recorded a mysterious object early Sunday morning that has social media buzzing.
Johnson told KCPQ13 Washington, he was at first hesitant to release the photo into the public domain because he said it appears to be a missile launch from the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island across the bay.
“I feel strongly it was a missile launch,” Johnson said.
But Tom Mills, a spokesperson for NAS Whidbey Island, told KCPQ13 that “It wasn’t a missile launch from the facility. There are no missile launch capabilities on the Navy base at Whidbey Island.”
“There’s a lot of speculation around here,” Mills said, as he conveniently suggested to KCPQ13 that the image could be a lens flare. “But it’s definitely not a missile launch.”
Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, speculated that the object looks like a missile on his blog Monday.
“I’ve seen a lot of stuff,” Mass wrote. “But nothing like this.”
“It really looks like an ascending missile,” he added.
There was reportedly Alaska Flight 94 and a helicopter in the region of the northern Kitsap Peninsula at the same time the camera snapped the mysterious object.
In responding to speculation of various aircraft overhead, Johnson said, “For the record… My cams pick up airplanes all the time… I can guarantee this is NOT an airplane. They fly buy much higher and have a whole different signature….. I’ll grab a plane image and share it.”
And for those who would like a look themselves:
My good night cam picked up what appears to be a large missile launch on Whidbey Island Sunday AM. I sat on it for a while. After sharing with Cliff Mass he did a blog on it. https://t.co/jBPXRtRGFP @NWSSeattle @WunderCave @WeatherNation pic.twitter.com/RnN8H3IsQ9
— Skunkbayweather (@Skunkbayweather) June 11, 2018
So, if it truly isn’t us, where on earth did this come from?