Form 97-AR
Date: Saturday, 18 March 2006

From: Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Nipomo CA, March 30, 2001

Cat: 4


Animal Reaction Feature:

Dogs through out the neighborhood barked and howled as an odd red glow was observed in the clear night sky.


The sighting:

A witness who has reported strange sightings previously took her dog out for a walk at 10:30 PM when she noticed a strange, mostly stationary red “glow” that spanned  “quite a distance on the horizon.”   Dog vocalizations were noted as indicated above. She decided against walking her dog.  Her husband walked the dog instead and noted the weirdness of the sky event and the strangeness of the barking dogs.


Peter Davenport (NUFORC) states that a major coronal mass ejection from the sun resulted in an unusual aurora ( ).  He received reports from Utah, Oregon, California, Texas, and New Mexico.  The sighting from New Mexico reported white searchlights associated with the red mass.


[No other dog vocalizations were reported.  The Nipomo barking/howling dogs were probably reacting to some unnoticed stimulus that occurred while the red aurora was observed by witnesses.—jw]



NUFORC, Peter Davenport, see:

Nipomo CA: 


Other reports are listed for March 30, 2001 on NUFORC site.




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