Trails in sky make some ask why

A grid-like pattern is seen in the sky over Beloit in this photo. Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin are among local residents wondering about the many chemtrails that linger in the sky from jet exhaust. Photo provided

Published: Saturday, April 3, 2010 3:30 AM CDT
By Hillary Gavan

Two local musicians are researching mysterious trails in the sky.

Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin, who are best known for playing at the Gun Club, are part of a growing movement of people concerned about chemtrails, the mysterious exhaust streams from jets which remain in the sky for hours afterward. Unlike normal contrails from aircraft, chemtrails stay in the sky and are usually seen in a grid pattern. The last few years, they say mysterious cloud formations have been cropping up around the world.

The phenomenon has resulted in federal bureaucracies getting thousands of phone calls, e-mails and letters from people who want to know what exactly is being done. People have reported seeing unmarked white planes, and the white chemtrails which can be in a tic-tac-toe shapes, according to an article in USA Today.

The issue has been featured on various documentaries with former government officials explaining how government tanker jets are spraying aerosols in the air at high altitudes, as commercial traffic is routed below.

Goodwin is one of the people who wants answers. On Wednesday morning he identified a grid pattern in the sky which remained for hours over State Street in Beloit.

Davis urges people to start becoming aware of the chemtrails, watching the skies with their binoculars. They can use the Web site which tracks flights,, to see which aircraft are accounted for and which arenít. He said typically after a grid pattern is spotted, that there will be a foggy haze and that people may report increased breathing or sinus problems.

Eventually Davis would like to start an activist group, but for now just wants to raise awareness of the issue.

Davis first heard about the theory in 2004 from Goodwin. He noticed the mysterious grid patterns would linger as long as two to three hours and then spread out and expand, creating a haze in the area. Soon he started taking photos and videos of it.

As he started identifying the grids he grew increasingly worried about the potential health risks. He believes there are harmful chemicals which are leaving the chemtrails in the air for so long.

Davis has contacted local airports, the FAA and the EPA, but still hasnít been able to get any concrete answers. He is told that chemtrails are normal condensation trails. Some have said that new types of jet engines could be responsible for the lingering exhaust. Many scientists have refuted the theory and prowl Internet chat rooms to try to correct what they believe is misinformation.

Back in 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration joined forces to publish a fact sheet explaining the science of contrail formation. The Air Force has also refuted the theory.

However, Davis and many others still arenít convinced. Web sites are full of potential explanations including population control, weather control or forced inoculations to protect the population in the event of germ warfare. Because the government is not being open about what itís doing, Davis said people are prone to come up with some interesting theories on what is going on.

Davis believes it may be a weather warefare study being conducted by the U.S. government in conjuction with HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.

HAARP, located in Alaska, is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes, according to the HAARP Web site.

Davis however, believes HAARP may be more honed in on manipulating the weather for warfare and that the mysterious tanker jets could be leaving mercury and barium aerosol chemtrails in the air to act as a conduit to frequencies emitted from HAARP.

Goodwin and Davis arenít giving up on their investigations of chemtrails. They say theyíve seen and recorded them. After three years of erratic weather in the Stateline Area, a tomato blight and his own sinus problems and nosebleeds, heís convinced something is going on.

ďJust look to the skies,Ē Goodwin said.

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