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Re: New Zealander First To Explain UFOs - Brock

From: Rod Brock <humble98225.nul>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 23:46:01 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:12:14 -0500
Subject: Re: New Zealander First To Explain UFOs - Brock

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 19:05:50 -0500
Subject: New Zealander First To Explain UFOs

>Source: Scoop - New Zealand


>17 March 2004


>New Zealander First To Explain UFOs

Mr. Coleman's ideas have made the rounds on this list at least
once before; however, the scope of phenomena that Coleman
purports to explain with this "unified" theory is even more
grand (or perhaps I should say "grandiose") than before.
"Unified theories" of UFOs are tiresome enough, in and of
themselves; throwing several species of "nocturnal lights" into
the mix just adds insult to injury.

I've considered the work and ideas of this Mr. Coleman from New
Zealand who is advancing this "vortice" theory of fireball
formation. The phenomenon, if it exists, is both interesting and
dramatic, but I find it quite awkward and inelegant as a
"unified theory" for explaining will o' the wisp, other
anomalous fireballs, ball lightning, the Min Min lights, and
some UFOs (which it purports to explain). The concept seems to
be more the sort that would occur in the vortice breakdown
region within tornadoes-ergo, high energy environments. This
being the case, Coleman is clearly unaware of the many and
varied historical manifestations of these phenomena, such as my
colleague Chris Aubeck and I  have seen in our research - e.g.,
multiple instances of clear air ball lighting, ball lightning
materialization in rooms and aircraft and other confined spaces,
not to mention the many and varied manifestations of other sorts
of nocturnal lights (e.g., will o' the wisp, or "corpse candle,"
or "earthlights," or whatever particular designation has been
used) in all sorts of calm, presumably low-energy environments.

In short, the theory posits that the combustion takes place in
the region of vortice breakdown, where the air velocities are
LOW. This may be so, but the _existence_ of the vortice, period,
is a high energy phenomenon. So, how to explain the
materialization of ball lighting in still air within a room, as
"vortice" related? How to explain the many and varied
manifestations of "will o' the wisp" not associated with dynamic
weather phenomena, nor with marshes, yet evidencing a kinematic
behavior that can only be described as "dynamic," and has even
sometimes been described as resembling a kind of "curiosity?"

There are other elements within his theory which do not jibe
with numerous accounts to be found in the literature. For
example, in support of the vortex explanation of ball-lighting,
Coleman notes that ball-lightning often explodes violently, thus
indicating the presence of some manner of volatile. He fails to
note that in some of the cases where ball lightning materializes
within confined spaces, the "explosion," while concurrent with
the disappearance of the spheroid, is reported to have occurred
somewhere OUTSIDE the enclosure. This is not suggestive of a
volatile confined in a vortex, but rather of some manner of
plasma phenomenon, where ionization is involved, and which may
further be evidenced by the oft reported odor of ozone in the
aftermath of the BL event.

The simple fact that his "theory" requires that fuel be picked
up by the vortice (e.g., gasoline, naptha, whatever), allows us
to see that a relatively rare concurrence of situations would be
necessary to create such vortice fireballs - that is, the
vortice must contact a fuel source EACH and EVERY time that a
fireball manifests. How then, does this vortice phenomenon
measure up against hundreds, if not thousands of NL cases
predating the 20th century? Indeed, how does it account for all
the anomalous "orb" observations at the Yakima Indian
reservation, alone?

What it comes down to is this: I'm not saying vortice-related
fireballs don't happen; I think they may happen, especially in
tornadic vortice breakdown (where you have the added "oomph" of
a tornado ripping up a gas line) But as a "unified" theory of
"nocturnal lights," Coleman's idea is practically worthless.


Rod Brock

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