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Weather Talk: Perhaps UFOs are just not-yet-identified flying objects

Because they are in the sky, I suppose, people often call the weather center to inquire about UFOs they have seen.

It has occurred to me that the term UFO (unidentified flying object) may be a one-sided perspective. Obviously, the person or thing doing the flying of the object is quite aware of its own identity.

Is it a coincidence that UFO sightings around the world began about the time that humans began to fly airplanes and science fiction writers began to publish stories of creatures from space? Is it a coincidence that UFO sightings greatly increased during the Cold War, when our own government began developing and testing aircraft and rockets, some of them secret?

Other planetary systems are so far away that any kind of travel, other than science fiction, would not be possible in the lifetime of any known organism. Although life on other planets seems to be a reasonable idea, it seems equally reasonable to look for simple, Earth-oriented explanations for any UFO sightings.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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