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(VIDEO added) Bizarre Lightning in Salem- What Was it?Story by Tim King Photos by Dexter Phoenix Salem-News.com
Before the lightning strikes gave way to thunder, we watched an aircraft fly in from the north to, it appeared, take a look.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Shortly after 3:00 a.m. today, Dexter Phoenix and I noticed a very strange weather occurrence that I suspect many Salem area residents heard from inside of their homes.
What we saw was a series of lightning strikes to the east, they were almost flashing in a consistent pattern, roughly every 20 seconds. I've absolutely never witnessed anything like it in my life.
We observed these taking place over a several minute long period which I videotaped. Then, long after we had noted that it was extremely unusual to see so many silent lightning strikes, the most bizarre series of thunder strikes began, creating what I have to say were frightening sounds lasting many seconds, in roughly the same intervals that the lightning was appearing in.
Before the lightning strikes gave way to thunder, we watched an aircraft fly in from the north at a very high rate of speed, to the area that the lighting seemed to be originating from, and I believe I could hear jet engines, and if that is the case then the plane could have been an Oregon Guard fighter from Portland coming down to take a look at this strange show that I presume Mother Nature... sent our way?
OK, I'm not saying UFO's, space ships, aliens... it was probably just some strange rogue storm system that had a heck of a time making it in over the mountain ranges to the east, logical?
But I have never witnessed anything close to this before, I have to assume that a meteorologist could tell me all about it, but the weather has been more than fair lately, it has been downright warm, hot! What I saw, I would have had a hard time imagining, if I hadn't watched take place.
The weather for Salem, Oregon at the time of this occurrence, which was followed by a downpour, was:
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