|For May 25, 2018
Sighting at Poulsbo, Washington
By Fran Ridge
UFO encounters are generally not very long --- most play out over several minutes. MADAR events historically have been even shorter --- under 10 seconds. Not only that, but the better UFO encounters are generally close to the witness. Sixty-seven percent of the incidents selected under the MUFON UFO Cases of Interest program were under 1,000 feet. And it isn't surprising that MADAR, with the inverse cube of the distance working against EM interference, may have the ability to detect an active UFO situation within 5 miles. What we have working in favor of an anomaly being detected is that UFOs often appear in pairs, and somebody seeing and reporting a UFO might have a MADAR anomaly being documented at a MADAR site from another UFO miles away. If we were just beginning the MADAR Project, the odds would seem to be against us. But a hundred and fifty instances of UFOs being seen and verified by compass needle movement are already on-record, with one of the first ones studied in a secret Project SIGN report back in 1947. The original MADAR has already proven that it works.
We're already prepared for anomalies/alerts where we can actually go out and look for potential sightings of interest, and gather even more data. The data from MADAR goes from the "status" of one dataline per minute to once per second, and continues for three additional minutes before reverting back to normal status. And if we don't see a UFO, somebody else could, and report it to police, sheriff, state police or airport control tower. So, what if a UFO doesn't get close enough to trigger MADAR?
Most of the MADAR sites have a threshold of about 25-30 milligaus. When MADAR is triggered, the field numbers may go, for example, from 1 to 28 and back to 1 or 2, all this in under 10 seconds. But if the field only goes to 23 or 24, the device will not set off an alertStart. The MADAR Operations Center at Newburgh, Indiana gets three types of auto alerts during each week. 1) Daily MADAR Alerts, where x number of nodes reported an alertStart; 2) (daily) MADAR Alert, x Nodes Offline!; and 3) MADAR Weekly Alerts. What we DON'T get or have is an easy way to look for an increase where the MADAR is PREPARING to go into alert! But we're working on it. My suggestion is that if a device gets field readings that are over half of the threshold settings, some type of report should be sent to us here so we can look at those spreadsheets. The downside is that these readings are laid down at the one-minute scan rate, rather than the one-second alert rate, and a lot can happen in one minute.
Case in point. MUFON's Roger Marsh recently provided the Cases of Interest for the year 2018, published this year so we could re-check the MADAR data from 2018. One sighting of interest is listed below.
May 25, 2018; Paulsbo, WA
2030 hrs. (8:30 PM). Witness was enjoying the beautiful orange cast of a colorful sunset, upon the landscape in his rural yard, including dense trees. The treeline starts 200 to 400 yards away. He was seated on his deck facing east. A quiet time since there is very little traffic on his road and the birds were settling in for night. A fast moving object caught his eye above the trees headed directly west into the sun. It was a beautiful brown metallic structure. The intensity of sunlight made it shine and revealed shadows indicating layers of metal. It was submarine shaped only with sharper rectangular edges defining its exterior. It did not have an intake opening for jet a engine. It did not have a propeller. It made no noise. Silent and fast. He did not have time to grab a camera. His cellphone was in the house as he liked to enjoy nature without electronics. Just prior to this siting a bald eagle flew directly over the open part of the yard heading northeast almost at eye level since their house is on an elevated part of the property. The navel base at Keyport, WA was lowering their flag just prior to the sighting. (MUFON CMS 94857) [Note: The center of the city of Poulsbo is 16.5 miles WSW (heading 253.4 degrees) of Node 100 location in Mountlake Terrace, WA (Google Earth) Poulsbo is on the west side of Puget Sound while Mountlake Terrace is on the east side.]
Data that has been archived on our DevServer provides the field numbers in column 4. There are no increases even close to one-half of the threshold. (Note that the spreadsheet below is not the same as the current one used today which shows the Threshold and all the numbers in two decimals). But an increase CAN happen, even though the data is one minute apart instead of 60 seconds. So we will continue to look at it. And we may devise a way for a special printout to show data NOT left on the spreadsheet but caught while an alert was building.
Node ID Status Compass Field BMP Date UTC