Toxic-gas clouds zipping over WNC from Oak Ridge research corridor?


It’s fun to have a good imagination. Let’s play “What if?”

These pictures were taken late afternoon 13 December 2018. Moving relatively quickly. Note, above, how the other surrounding, higher clouds, move away from the darker clouds in a circular fashion, pushed away by the darker clouds below. That‘s an indicator that something serious is amiss. The darker clouds aren’t dropping, but rather moving over the terrain. I’m guessing that the length of this event, from nearer to farther away, just of the darker stuff, is about a mile all told. Give it a couple of miles for the spreading of the upper clouds. Give it more for whatever effect on the ground. Remember, these are moving relatively quickly. I was really fumbling to get my camera in traffic as I didn’t want to just let them fly by. They are roiling and boiling but staying together.


At first glance I thought these were clouds of trillions of starlings. If you’ve ever seen the shows they put on – common in Rome, Italy – you would know what I mean. But these didn’t have the ever changing shapes of starling acrobatics. You’ll notice that there seems to be a more concentrated opaque center of the “clouds” with a weird semi-transparent “net” – if you will – draped over the opaqueness. But, let’s look closer:


The outer “net” is not liquid, like rain, as it defies gravity, and equally surrounds the center both below and above, all around, like roiling boiling fumes, not H20 based, with H20 opaqueness, but more like gasoline fumes that roil and boil and are transparent, providing a more blotchy appearance. What you’re looking at is not the wispiness of H20 clouds, but the the messiness of roiling boiling fumes. Let’s tweak the raw picture a bit to make it darker:


This is just 50 miles as-the-toxic-cloud-flies from Oak Ridge, TN, with all of their testing sites. These were coming from exactly that direction. This defies further description. By the time I got home, just a stone’s throw away, these darker clouds had already raced away.

That’s the entertainment of imagination for the day. I’m sure there’s a name for such meteorological formations for both upper lighter and lower darker clouds, something like “downburst” or some such ill fitted name. There was no down and no burst. All was at a dead calm. I’m sure there’s a reason why the wispiness did not have H20 opaqueness but was transparent and not at all wispy, but rather roiling and boiling. I’m sure there’s a reason why they were flying relatively quickly.

It’s just that I’ve never seen anything like this in clouds since I was born. Anyway, if these were toxic and just a test, there’s no reason to question it. After all, there’s no one important who lives in these remote mountains, right? //off sarcasm

Again, just my fun imagination.


Filed under Humor, Nature

7 responses to “Toxic-gas clouds zipping over WNC from Oak Ridge research corridor?

  1. Gina Nakagawa

    This made me think of the sad situation in Holy Mother Church. So much that is toxic is flying around polluting the very Sanctuary where the ongoing sacrifice of our Divine Redeemer takes place. However, the white clouds rising above the dark sinister are a reminder that the “gates of hell shall not prevail.”

  2. pelerin

    That lower photo looks just like an octopus or squid! Very weird. And we have the starling phenomena here too. An amazing sight when they gather over the sea at dusk and swoop and dance, constantly changing shape.

  3. nancyv

    I’m hoping a meteorologist chimes in to tell us that they are a natural phenomenon because otherwise, you might be right. That is creepy.

  4. I don’t think I’d want to breathe any of that in…
    A certain recent popular TV show put the Dept of Energy on the map as a (fictionally) evil 1980s government clandestine operation…so looking at this gave me a laugh!

  5. sanfelipe007

    Reminds me of the “destroyer” sent by God in the movie Ten Commandments.

  6. nancyv

    The “clouds”….but it also reminds me of the time a friend and I were in the church parking lot talking (not gossiping) and I became distracted for a millisecond as I thought I saw dark shapes come up fast and furious, then disappear. My friend saw my expression and asked “what’s wrong”. I didn’t know what to say because it would have sounded crazy, so I just said I thought I saw angels flying over. I didn’t know if they were good or bad. We were preparing to walk around the church grounds to pray the Rosary.

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