UFOs and Clouds: The Reportage
This account appears in David Richie’s UFO: The Definitive Guide to Unidentified Objects and Related Phenomena [MJF Books, NY, 1994, Page 87]:
In my August 6th offering here about the sack of Orléans, France by the Huns, there was this:
When their prayer was ended, a third time … they mounted the wall, and looking forth they saw from afar, as it were, a cloud rising out of the ground.
Are such “historical reports” accurate?
Why the resort to clouds, and not anything else – a tangible thing for instance?
The Hebrew Bible and Old Testament, and even The New Testament, are rife with clouds attending mankind, associated with divinity, like that in the Orléans tale:
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud. [Genesis 9:14]
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud. [Job 37:11]
Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” [Matthew 26:64]
And some (many?) modern UFO reports seem to indicate that UFOs have an affinity for water, and clouds are water (vapor).
One commonly reported element of UFO close-encounter cases is a cloud or mass of vapor that is said to occur around or near a UFO or a contactee. [Richie, ibid, Page 46]
But are UFOs cloud-like or just using clouds as a cover?
Water is a commodity that seems, in the scheme of the universes planetary make-up, to be more valuable that gold or platinum – a necessary ingredient for carbon-life forms.
But are UFOs intrinsically water or water-based?
If they are, their source of origination would seem to be water-based, and such sources are rare, indeed, in our area of the known universe.
UFOs as clouds or in clouds or around clouds seems to be a topic for study, even as UFOs in or near water has been.
The evanescent quality of clouds – whether used as cover for the comings and goings of UFOs or as UFO themselves – may be a clue to the inherent nature of UFOs.
That is, if the reportage is accurate.