On Sunday, January 8, 2012 something extraordinary was about to happen to the unsuspecting citizens in the Portland, Oregon area.
You see, as the evening hours approached, the weather overhead was about to undergo a totally unexpected change...
something rarely seen or recorded in ancient history, much less understood by many people in modern times.
Something was coming... a unique phenomenon that would change the face of the sky.
It has been labeled in recent years by the MSFS community as... the REX effect
Time line: Sunday, Jan 08, 2012 3:30pm PST
Doug and I arrived at the Hillsboro Airport (KHIO) for a little Sunday afternoon flying in my Aeronca Champ.
The gentle flying qualities of the Aeronca makes it a solid favorite of mine, and I figured Doug would really
enjoy the excellent viewing capabilities of the Champ. How do you like the pretty paint job?
And we're cleared for take-off on Rwy 30 by the friendly guys in the control tower. Can you see the little Honda Civic in the background on
NE Brookwood Parkway? That's my brother-in-law, Terry Goldman. He's driving back home after bringing us over to the Portland-Hillsboro airport.
And we're finally airborne! The little Aeronca Champion is climbing gently into the skies west of the airport.
I'm so happy!!! Flying is were I love to be.
We're clearing the airport boundaries as we fly slowly over NW Evergreen Rd., which runs around the northwestern end of the airport property.
Doug and I are just "putting" along in the little Champion, approx. 1300ft. above the serene peacefulness of the Oregon countryside
as the late afternoon sunlight begins to fade. However, I think he's getting a little bored actually, as he suddenly wanted to know
if we'd be back in time for him to watch his TV shows. (long sigh from me)
Knowing he was referring to catching up on some missed episodes of "GLEE" and "Project-Runway" (me making gagging gestures),
I slowly banked the plane's wings left back towards the Hillsboro airport. Rolling my eyes heavenward, I turned and dryly said,
"Sure babe, ...I wouldn't want you to miss anything on TV."
It's really too bad the low hanging clouds didn't hold his interest... I thought they were super cool looking!
To me, they sort of resembled smoldering cauldrons as they hugged the terrain surface of the countryside
looking westward towards the mountainous foothills of the Tillamook State Forest area.
The Portland-Hillsboro Airport is in sight ahead of us as we descend slowly in a wide circuit pattern near the Turner Creek Park area.
It looks like there's a forest fire burning in the far distance off the end of Rwy12, but I know it's just another low hanging cloud mass.
On final now for Rwy30 at the Hillsboro Airport. The weather is changing and I can sense something is happening as the visibility
is dropping at a steady rate in many areas. Doug's not impressed as much as I am with the scenery outside the cockpit windows.
Oh well. LOL It's my flight and (I'm) enjoying it!
Everything is looking "picture-perfect" for us as we continue on the final approach. You can see some auto traffic on
NE Cornell Rd. directly below us as we get ready to fly over the airport boundary fence near the threshold of Rwy30.
The landing is looking so good... and it was
a perfect 3-point touchdown! Sorry I didn't get a photo of it for my friends.
Anyways, back to the unexpected scenario that was awaiting us in the hours ahead.>>>
Or ...maybe, it was something else entirely?
A music video by Kate Bush: Her beautifully enacted story of what terribly happened to Dr. Wilhelm Reich
once the Fed's (FDA) discovered his amazing invention to help farmers make rain clouds in times of drought.
More information is located here:
Who can actually say???
The weather continued to evolve... you could "feel" the atmospheric difference changes.
~The story will continue soon~