So what are they, ‘contrails' or ‘chemtrails'?
By Russ Lemmon
Posted January 22, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
Joe Krauss took this shot of the sky earlier this month.
Eight bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on while waiting for the Bears and Jets to advance to Super Bowl XLV:
Joe Krauss joked that he was going to show up at the Press Journal wearing a tin-foil hat. You know, the headgear that, in a dismissive way, is associated with paranoia and conspiracy theories.
Krauss, the co-owner of J&J Auto Works, knows some people will roll their eyes when he talks about "chemtrails" in the sky. If you saw the sky on Jan. 12, you know what he's talking about — it looked to be a busy day for aviation, with smoke-like trails from airliners all over the sky. (The trails were evident at least three other days this month.)
Krauss believes the "chemtrails" are part of a plan by the government to control the climate. He took dozens of photos, including some showing the trails blocking the sun.
"I think they're geo-engineering," he said. "Controlling the climate is not good, because when they mess with things, they mess it up."
Some conspiracy theorists believe something far more sinister is going on — ranging from intentionally making people sick to controlling the food supply to killing people (population control).
"I won't wear the (tin foil) hat yet," Krauss said of the theories mentioned in the previous paragraph. "I just think we need to know and ask a few questions."
He has called NASA, the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, and the county health department in search of answers. He came up empty.
Meanwhile, Krauss has started a blog — treasurecoastskywatch.blogspot.com — on the topic.
Do a Google search for "chemtrails," "geo-engineering" and "weather modification," and you'll find a world that is the antithesis of mainstream. There is far more information than I ever imagined. (On Facebook, for example, the Florida Chemtrail Skywatch page says "chemtrails are a global public health emergency.")
Eric Menger, director of the Vero Beach Municipal Airport, says he's never heard the term "chemtrails." He knows them as "contrails" — or condensation trails.
"Those are simply condensation trails from commercial airliners flying at altitude (of about 30,000 feet)," Menger said.
He says the "contrails" happen year-round, but they seem to be more prevalent when we are experiencing cold temperatures.
Krauss, 51, is an avid follower of the aviation industry, and he maintains he is "very skeptical" of the explanation by Menger and others.
"That's not normal traffic patterns," Krauss said, noting the "X" shapes and such. "Unless you're in an air show, you don't fly like that."
While I'm not ready to side with Krauss on this one, I do admit the patterns in the sky on Jan. 12 struck me as strange. Very strange.