Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IT was a case for Mulder and Scully, or maybe just for a weatherman last Saturday, as a UFO-like cloud hung ominously over Carlow.

The mysterious, striking-looking cloud caused widespread panic among locals, although panic can come in different forms – in this case, mild curiosity and a Facebook post.

The UFO-like cloud which hovered over Carlow town last Saturday
Photo: Greg MacLennan

Greg MacLennan and his wife from Carlow town were out for a drive on Saturday evening when they spotted the large, dark, stationery cloud near Carlow Train Station.

“It was very odd,” said Greg. “All the other clouds were very high and light like a cirrus type of cloud. This was totally one of its own. Me and my wife were both thinking it’s very odd. It was just sticking out like an eyesore, if you know what I mean. We were saying that ‘it looks like a UFO, doesn’t it’, or something was hiding inside of it, like camouflage! ‘UFO clouds’ are another name that’s given for this particular cloud.”

Greg considers himself open-minded but, disappointingy for The Nationalist, did not believe these were UFOs. Although, he could well be in denial.

A sober, rational assessment would indicate that it was a lenticular type of cloud, according to Greg.

“They usually form over mountains. It has to do with the warm air that moves up from the base of the mountain. Sometimes they form when there is low pressure on the way.”

However, sober assessments are no fun and The Nationalist prefers the idea of camouflaged UFOs watching us do a shop at Aldi.

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By Michael Tracey
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