It was round about noon last Wednesday when Mike Weight decided to take a walk along the beach at Honeymoon Island.

Mike has no sooner gotten into the fresh salt air wafting inward from the surf when he happen to notice something peculiar in the sky.

For the story, lets go to the Tampa Bay Times:
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tampa line3DUNEDIN — Mike Weight was strolling the beach at Honeymoon Island about noon Wednesday when he saw something weird.

A black line appeared against the bright blue sky, shooting down from a cloud into the gulf.

“At first I thought it was an optical illusion because it was like a dark piece of sky with a light sky background,” Weight said. “You could see through it.”

Maybe it’s a waterspout, he thought. That theory faded quickly. This was no funnel cloud. Confused, the 73-year-old Clearwater resident pulled out his phone and took a couple of pictures. He emailed them to the Times, attached with a note.

“Any idea what this was?”

Mike Clay, chief meteorologist at Bay News 9, didn’t know what the black line was either. He shared the photos with several other weather experts.

One meteorologist came back with a theory: It could be the shadow of a contrail, the stream of condensed water vapor left by a rocket or plane. The contrail could have been concealed by clouds, Clay said.

For such a shadow to appear, conditions need to be just right, with the sun and contrail in precise spots.

But that’s just a theory. Clay said no one he spoke with is entirely sure what Weight saw.

In my opinion, conditions would have to be perfect for a contrail shadow. So perfect, it would be paramount to winning the lotto.

I have to say, I’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve scoured thousands of odd photos in my day.

Anyone have an idea? I’m open for suggestion….

Thanks to the Tampa Bay Times for providing our content today.

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  • Castor Gamblorr

    I saw a black line like that here in Ontario, sometime in April, couldn’t find anything about it that time.

  • Nunya Beeznutz

    Black hole?

  • ifeelgoofy

    Im from Turkey and I saw the exact same thing! I ve started to stay with my mother at the beginning of this month. In her neighbourhood I have two friends. One is overweight and he is running on a parkour to lose weight. He told me that he started to run three months ago and every night when the sky gets dark he saw a black line coming from the horizon like this one. Because both the sky and the line are dark they can only be seen from a certain place. He also said that the line appears and disappears repeatedly. Yesterday he, my other friend and I went for a walk and waited for sky to get dark. After a while the line appeared. It was the same as this one. I ve also noticed that it appears and disappears every 5 minute. I think there are only two differences between the line that I saw and the line here. The line which I saw only appears at night and it doesnt stop in the middle of the sky, it goes towards. Like a half-dome, more like a rainbow. This is the third web site that I ve found. The first one is really creepy if all of the story is true. Here is a link http://theblacklineinthesky.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html . When I found a good machine that can detect the black line in the darkness I will put some photos and videos.

  • Intosight

    I used to work as a lookout for the Forrest Service in Az. Excellent vantage point to observe the sky. Saw this phenomenon twice, both in conjunction with contrails. I concluded at the time that they were shadows..

  • Lord Amon

    Meh, saw something in Pensacola. When I saw the thumbnail, I even thought “Hey, that looks like”

    I saw the contrail that made it at that. I saw the fuckin’ plane that left it. It came in low, but it was a passenger jet. No chemtrail, no nibiru, just our natural world fucking with us humans.