The unidentified flying objects seen on a live CNN broadcast of the massive dust storm in Arizona have finally been identified. In the original video that aired live on CNN last Tuesday, July 5, 2011, two flying objects on the left side of the screen could not be positively identified as helicopters or airplanes.Now, a new video has surfaced in which the objects can clearly be seen and identified putting the UFO speculation to rest, or so reports claim. Today the X-Files looks into last week’s dust storm in Phoenix as well as the reasons why sand and/or dust storms occur.
According to a local Arizona news station, the mysterious objects were nothing more than airplanes trying to outrun the dust storm (technically known as a haboob) KTAR reports: “Sadly for UFO hunters, the specks of light visible in the video turned out to be airplanes trying to outrun the storm for the shelter of Phoenix Sky Harbor.”
ABC15 has an interesting video where they clearly show that the UFOs are not so unidentifiable after all. You can watch their video on the left side of this page, or by clicking on the following link: Airplanes fly in the face of dust storm, objects were previously thought by some to be UFOs. The first object is clearly identifiable as an airplane at the 1:40 mark on the video.
Later on that day, and after witnessing footage, UFO conspiracy sights and blogs began analyzing the data. The first thing they asked was why were are UFO sightings so common around Natural Disasters such as this dust storm in Arizona? The truth, according to them, is that some of the phenomena witnessed can be attributed to the fallen angels, others to mankind and government testing, but most are the wheels of the Cherubic Order of holy angels and Lions of Zion fulfilling prophecy, or that is what some conspiracy theorists believe. According to them, these objects often appear as circles of lights before an earthquake, tidal wave, eruption of a volcano or any other number of natural disasters.
The massive dust storm descended on the Phoenix area on Tuesday night, drastically reducing visibility and delaying flights as strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages for thousands of residents in the valley.
A wall of dust that towered over skyscrapers downtown swept across the desert from the south, and KSAZ-TV reported it appeared to be roughly 50 miles wide in some spots. The dust cloud briefly blanketed downtown Phoenix at around nightfall. The storm was part of the Arizona monsoon season, which typically starts in mid-June and lasts through Sept. 30.
Sandstorms, also called duststorms, are caused by strong winds blowing over loose soil or sand, and picking up so much of that material that visibility is greatly reduced. The widespread abundance of loose sand in deserts makes them the most common locations for sandstorms to form.
In desert regions at certain times of the year, sandstorms become more frequent because the strong heating of the air over the desert causes the lower atmosphere to become unstable. This instability mixes strong winds in the middle troposphere downward to the surface, producing stronger winds at the surface.
Dust storms don’t just happen in the middle of the desert. They happen in any dry area where loose dirt can easily be picked up. Grains of sand tossed into the air by the wind usually fall back down to the ground after a few hours. Smaller bits of particles stay in the air for a week or longer and can be blown thousands of miles away. Dust from the Sahara desert is always blown across the Atlantic causing bright red sunrises and sunsets in Miami. The dust doesn’t stop there. It keeps traveling as far as the Caribbean and the Amazon basin.
A dust storm is a strong, violent wind that carries fine particles like silt, clay, dust and other materials for long distances. The fine particles swirl around in the air during the storm. The scary thing about a dust storm is that they can spread over hundreds of miles and rise over 10,000 feet (305 meters) – well over the height of a telephone pole. They also have wind speeds of at least 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers). Not strong enough to blow the feathers off of a chicken but still something worth avoiding.
During the 1960s there were eight dust storms that caused some serious damage; 13 more in the 1970s; 14 in the 80s and more than 20 in the 1990s. Recently Australia was having problems with dust storms. Researchers said the storms cost Australia about $20 million a year in medical bills because of asthma and respiratory disease which is thought to be caused by dust storms.
Watch the incredible video below, as it caught the UFO’s on tape.