Kiwi abroad captures cool contrails

Cool contrails captured on camera. Photo: Ian Forrest.


A New Zealander on holiday in the US captured some spectacular contrails while visiting California the other day.

Ian Forrest, a senior firefighter from Waikato, captured the jet vapour trails while visiting Yosemite National Park.

“Contrails are simply clouds that form when water vapor condenses and freezes around small particles that exist in aircraft exhaust,” says

“In New Zealand we get a few contrails, especially over the South Island from flights travelling high above us as they travel from the Americas to Australia for example.”

Aucklanders sometimes see trails formed by flights from Fiji to Christchurch (which fly over Auckland at high altitude).

“Contrails are harmless - although after 9/11 when all flights were grounded in the US it was reported that air temperature rose by a couple of degrees due to the lack of contrails (clouds made by planes) in the sky.

“The reason for the pattern is because aircrafts fly in designated highways and lanes in the sky - and with so much air traffic in the US it doesn't take long in the right conditions to get the set up pictured above.”

Air traffic as of mid-afternoon Wednesday (late morning Thurs NZT) shows a line of flights tavelling along a highway in the sky - similar to what caused the contrail patterns above / Flightradar24


Obviously Sunlive wont post my reply

Posted on 20-05-2017 17:30 | By GreertonBoy

Educate yourself Cynic... there is a huge difference between contrails formed by airplane engines and condensation trails left behind.... and chemicals sprayed from airliners. Google search 'Morgellons chemtrails' and open your eyes


Posted on 18-05-2017 16:07 | By GreertonCynic

"clouds formed when water vapor condenses and freezes around small particles (aerosols) that exist in aircraft exhaust" - NASA. Education is empowering.

That is something to fear....

Posted on 18-05-2017 15:12 | By GreertonBoy

Not celebrate.... Maybe the blinkered sheep are the ones who believe it has something to do with modifying the weather... instead of whatever the unknown agenda really is. With all of the information and misinformation, we will never know....


Posted on 18-05-2017 12:43 | By Mein Fuhrer

they're chemtrails, all part of the weather modification geo-engineering program been around since the 50's, waiting now for you blinkered sheep start ranting tin foil hat conspiracy theorist.

golly gosh

Posted on 18-05-2017 12:01 | By old trucker

This looks more like Chemtrails in this pattern, DO NOT be fooled, last year down in Queenstown, this was happening above, a Plane high up leaving this long pattern you could see it coming out the back,Nobody would believe this could happen in NZ,my thoughts only,Sunlive Thankyou, 10-4.

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