In Hunting Marfa Lights, the author, James Bunnell, noted that mystery lights can appear at any season of the year. His detailed data shown in “Table B1” seems on the surface to indicate Marfa Lights have no special preference for warmer weather, for they sometimes fly around on winter nights. Closer examination, however, reveals something Bunnell may have missed: Those mystery lights appear mostly on warmer nights, in general. In the winter, they rarely appear on colder nights, seeming to like more moderate winter nights.
The data recorded by James Bunnell is priceless. The 52 sightings recorded by his cameras, from late in 2000 through late in 2008, give us detailed weather data, including the temperatures when sightings began, what he calls “at start.” I list totals, by percentage of total, for four temperature gradations:
1. 32 F or colder: 11.5%
2. 32.1-39.9 F: 4%
3. 40.0-49.9 F: 11.5%
4. 50.0 or higher: 73%
That coorelates well with nocturnal hunting by predators that prefer reasonable temperatures, obviously. Could this be related to ground temperature in a way supporting some kind of energy from the earth? Bunnell’s data does not smile on that conjecture, for when the total sightings are subtotaled by season of the year it shows 43% in the Spring, hardly a season to be noted for high ground temperature. By comparison, only 19% of the sightings were in the summer.
Bioluminescence in jellyfish, cuttlefish, octopus, fireflies, Min Min owls, and ropens.
Evelyn Cheesman, a British biologist well-respected for her discoveries of new species in the southwest Pacific, early in the twentieth century, also discovered a strange flying light deep in the mainland of New Guinea, north of the area where Paul Nation videotaped indava lights seven decades later. In recent years, both lights have been suggested to be from the bioluminescence of ropen-like flying creatures that some investigators believe are living pterosaurs.
A revision and update of the late-2010 press release by Jonathan Whitcomb
In southwest Texas, local residents have speculated about dancing devils or ghosts. Scientists have preferred something along the lines of ball lightning or earthlights, nevertheless all apparently scientific explanations have tripped over the resemblances to line dancing. If atmospheric energies or tectonic stresses cause the displays, why do two lights horizontally separate for a long distance before turning around and flying back together?
The evidence for living pterosaurs (including perhaps bioluminescent ones in North America) includes rare sightings of the creatures in daylight, when they are obviously non-bird and non-bat. This deserves serious consideration, in light of the continuous invesigations that continue to involve new sighting reports.