1. velabella

    velabella New Member

    On my flight from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Chicago I looked out the window and saw this enormous plume! It was fantastic. This was on December 1st, about 2 hours into the flight (I think). Curious about what it could have been, I looked up online and came across dutch's video. Can't say the whole controlled burn seems right

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    , and after seeing this out of the airplane window, well - those plumes in his video do look tall and narrow just like this one!
     

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  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Do you happen to know the flight number?

    Looks much more like "steam" (condensed water vapor) than smoke. Possibly some kind of large works.
     
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  3. velabella

    velabella New Member

    American Airlines 3600
    Departed XNA at 7:35, dec 1, 2013

    Now that I think about it this plume would probably not show up on a satellite, or would be very tiny...
     
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  5. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    you say two hours into the flight, but it's only a 1 hr 23 min flight? Dept 7:40 AM, arrive 9:03 AM

    Your first photo is timestamped 8:06 AM. 26 min into the flight. Maybe a lot longer after you boarded the plane though.
     
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  6. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    8:06 (9:06 adjusted for DST) puts you here:

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    Which puts your plume at the point indicated, which is: 38.761510° -91.785122°
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    A cooling tower!!

    It's the Callaway Nuclear Generating Station. That's just condensation from the cooling tower. It's humid (you can see fog on the ground), so the plume is persistent.

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  7. velabella

    velabella New Member

    Wow! Nice job! That's definitely it. I really thought that if there was any structure down there I would have seen some semblance of it. I fell asleep on the flight before seeing this so I was disoriented with time. Thanks For your great investigation!
     
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