Reports of "strange lights" & "UFOs" flood in as 2012 hysteria arrives
On a daily basis WeatherWatch.co.nz receives around a handful of eyewitness reports of meteors and other lights in the sky, from nations all over the world. Some busy days we might get 10 eyewitness reports. However in the past 24 hours we've had almost 80 reports and they are still flooding in at about 10 an hour.
From New Zealand's Otago Peninsula, to Cape Town, Venezuela to the UK, Australia to North America those ringing in the New Year have seen flashing lights, "floating orbs" and "UFOS".
WeatherWatch.co.nz weather analyst Philip Duncan puts the dramatic increase in sightings down to a few things. "Many people around the world have been outside celebrating the New Year. In the US, where most of the sightings came from, conditions were fairly mild and dry in many areas - so more people were outside to see things. Finally, it's 2012, the year the world is supposed to end according to the Mayans and it seems many are already worrying ".
The comments range from normal meteor sightings, to the strange and unusual.
"We were shocked to find that not only have these orbs been seen over the last couple of years, but that they have also been seen all over the world within the last few nights!" wrote Laura B from California.
Another reader, this time from Spain, wrote "My father and I saw them in Spain at 00:45 am, but there were 5 or 6 of them all in a vertical line quite close to the earth....I have no answer to all these questions that we are all asking ourselfs and when I think I have an answer it just leads to more questions, so all I have to say is, WE ARE NOT ALONE!"
Nikki B from Arizona wrote "how can we see it here in Arizona and people in Africa and Australia are seeing the same thing? 2012 vibration is freakin me out already! ...I know the news will have some "reasonable and logical explanation" but i'm not buying it!".
Susana, who writes from an unknown location, said "yesterday around 1230 or 1245 there were some red brownish lights first i saw one of them and kind of got my attention and of the sudden there were a BUNCH of them i couldnt count them but i can say there were around 30 lights UFO'S OR CANDLE LIGHTS who knows all i know i saw those lights and were beautiful. Are we ready for the 2012? are we enough educated not to panic?"
WeatherWatch.co.nz believes most people witnessed meteors, or shooting stars, chinese lanterns (Which appear as slow moving orange lights) and other normal aircraft such as helicopters and planes.
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