Strange clouds prompt calls

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2001

A strange cloud was sighted twice near Soldotna Sunday evening.

Paul Minelga with the Kenai Automated Flight Service Station in Kenai said two calls were received by the station.

The first call was received shortly before 7 p.m. by an unknown person on the ground. The person stated a funnel-looking cloud was two miles south of Soldotna.

The second call, also from an unknown caller, said the cloud was sighted one mile north of Echo Lake Road and the Sterling Highway.

No other calls were received by the station.

The station, a part of the Federal Aviation Administration, briefs pilots, takes flight plans and has weather forecasts.

Minelga said it's not unusual for the station to receive calls about strange weather patterns.

Minelga described a funnel cloud as a tornado that does not touch the ground.

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