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X Marks the Spot
Contrails Offer Interesting Sight Sunday on Coast

Photos and Story by Keith Burton - GCN  11/12/07

While most of the Coast had just sat down to watch another grueling episode of Saints football, outside the sky above was putting on a show of its own.

Shortly after 12 p.m. clouds in the sky above seemed to mark the Coast with a giant "X" that remained for at least 20 minutes.

The X was formed apparently from jet contrails that amazingly seemed to converge to form the X when viewed from the ground. GCN's photo was taken from the Katrina-destroyed Shell gasoline station on U.S. 90 in Biloxi facing toward the western sky.

While contrails in the sky are nothing new, it was unusual to see this configuration. Temperatures outside were near 70 degrees. The contrails form from exhaust from jets at altitude where condensation from the exhaust creates water vapor to form.

From a GCN Reader: Filed 11/13/07

Hello, Keith! The Photo of the sky is interesting, so I must show you mine. This one was taken at the end of Harbor Drive at our home on Breath's Bayou. The extra significance for me is that this was taken on Easter Sunday. I find it beautiful and, hopefully, a blessing for our beloved and treasured Gulf Coast! And you & the Gulf Coast News are also a blessing. We depend on you!
Thank you, Tondalaya





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