By Alex Hislop, An Apiarist of Murchison, New Zealand.
I work in the high country of Marlborough outdoors, tending beehives throughout the year. This career involves my being aware of the seasons and the environment, including the region’s weather patterns. I check the sky regularly for developing weather.
When I started working in the high country, it came to my attention that I was under a major flight path for planes travelling from north to south and from south to north.
Some days we see beautiful clear skies from dawn slowly being transformed into a silvery-grey haze by noon owing to what the planes are leaving in the atmosphere. I have observed that as the first of the days’ planes fly overhead, the trails they leave behind, which look like thin white threads adrift in a bright blue sky, slowly begin to widen and disperse, turning the bright blue sky into a light blue-silvery grey.
As the day progresses, there are more and more of these trails left behind as planes pass by. They are not merely condensation trails. They linger and as the air currents carry these trails, they become very wide and increasingly cloud-like in appearance. The difference is that these cloud-like trails are linear and in a single orientation, (north-south/ south-north).
As a plane flies by and leaves another trail on the same flight path as an earlier one, again I see the trail widen into a silvery-grey cloud-like line. On calm days these trails can be seen to be layered on top of one another. From the ground it as if the plane is flying right through the previously sprayed trail.
As the wind currents increase, the trails seem to appear to join together and the sun is screened behind a fine curtain of silvery grey particulates.
I notice that the intensity of the sun’s energy is far less than it used to be when I was a child in the late 1960s-1970s. Also, I have noticed that on some days there is a huge halo of particulates that appears around the sun, just like the full-moon when there are volcanic ash particulates or ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.
I have noticed areas away from these flight paths, in remote areas of New Zealand, that the skies can be beautiful and bright throughout the day when the weather conditions allow it.
I have an extensive collection of photographs showing planes flying by with enormous streams of what looks like gasious trails being released from forward of the tail wings – as the width of the two trails is either side and wider out than the tail wings.
For the past four years I have been working in the mountains of the high country at the top of the South Island and am seeing more of these type of trails as my awareness increases.
In addition, I have spent four New Zealand winters working in the UK, travelling from the Shetland/Orkney Islands to south England/Wales and Ireland and into Europe. The skies there seem to have a perpetual haze. Even when the weather is calm and clear, there are no bright-blue skies to be seen, only a haze of particulates.
We are lucky to live in the great southern ocean, but this apparently does not keep us safe from aerosol spraying.
And remember the toxic Auckland Painted Apple Moth spraying program. How safe are we from those in government who we entrust to look after us?