A man who worked for the National Weather Service who tracked strange images on radar in 1994 feels vindicated after the US government has finally released reports admitting people have seen things that are unexplainable.
In 1994, Jack Bushong was working at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Michigan when his radar lit up in a way he had never witnessed occurring before. He wasn’t the only one seeing things that evening of March 8.
The emergency dispatcher for Ottawa County was getting a lot of calls. She called the NWS office trying to get help in identifying lights in the sky over Holland. It wasn’t only the public calling into 911, police officers were reporting strange sightings as well, WOODTV 8 reported.
The images Bushong saw on his radar corresponded to the reports on the ground people were giving to emergency dispatch.
Bushong then hand-adjusted his radar in order to zero in on the sky south of his station in Muskegon.
“Oh my God, what is that?” Bushong said in a startled voice once he had zeroed in on the images, that was recorded by the dispatcher. He quickly ran down a mental checklist, considering all the potential weather phenomena, as well as technical glitches, he was aware of. None of them fit what he was seeing.
Solid objects were “coming together and coming apart,” he would later say.
“Moving about 20 miles in each jump,” Bushong said of the images. “They were hovering, then jumping. Hovering and jumping.”
Bushong said the objects look solid. “It was a flying tin can.”
He went on to make tracings on top of the radar to track the movements. Bushong says they appear to be forming a wide triangle that moved out over Lake Michigan.
Back in 1994 after the incident occurred, Bushong, realizing he had been recorded by the 911 dispatcher, began to worry about his startled reaction. He said he was “really scared” and lost sleep over it.
Although the things he said were a natural reaction to the unexplainable things he was seeing, he feared he could be branded a nut job.
“Just that people think you’re a kook,” Bushong said, adding that people will think that “you’re lying, you’re not credible. I’m supposed to be a scientist and skeptical.”
Bushong said that while the NWS treated him well, there were some individuals who criticized him and dismissed what he saw.
“I kept my mouth shut and I learned that pretty quickly,” Bushong said.
However, he never lost his job. He would go on to a promotion, even moving to a bigger weather station and receiving a forecasting award. Bushong is now retired.
Bushong wasn’t the only one to be treated with skepticism and ridicule.
Holly Graves and her family were among the people who called 911 on the night of March 8, 1994, witnessing the slowly rotating lights from their front yard.
“It was like Christmas lights,” Graves recalls.
Although some people were interested in hearing Graves recall what she witnessed, some people made hurtful comments.
“They accused us of being in the backyard smoking weed, doing drugs with our kids,,” Graves said.
The ridicule got so bad, she kept her kids out of school for a while.
“They just went through a really hard time,” Graves said. “They [her kids] know what they saw but it’s like everybody still laughed at you.”
Graves added: “People forget that the ‘U’ in UFO stands for unidentified, meaning nobody knows what the phenomena are.”
Bushong finally feels “vindicated” and able to speak freely without being labeled a “kook” for talking about what he saw on March 8, 1994.
“I guess I’ve been waiting for this vindication,” Bushong said, “which I didn’t think I was going to get all my life.”
“But now with the, basically, military coming out and saying the same thing I saw 30 years ago,” Bushong continued, “I can finally say to people, ‘I told you so.'”
Bushong says he is now even thinking about writing a scientific paper describing what he saw on the Lakeshore in 1994.
On June 25, 2021, The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released its “Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified aerial phenomena” report to the public. The task force was set to update Congress within 90 days on its collection strategy to standardize incident reporting across all US military branches.
One of the most significant admissions, besides acknowledging that UAPs/UFOs have been spotted and reported by government personnel, was that “most” were physical objects that “registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers and visual observation.” Further, it acknowledged “unusual flight characteristics” and needed further study.
Surprisingly, the report also acknowledged that the sightings tended to cluster around US training and testing grounds, although said that could simply be the result of the advanced surveillance equipment and reporting protocols at those sites.