Northland’s pastures are looking increasingly desiccated and as was the case with droughts here since early-2010, aerosol trails have been an all too common sight in our skies. The following photos were taken this week from Whangarei, Northland and show a typical display of pollutants criss-crossing the once relatively pristine skies.
Drought taking toll on grass. Three Mile Road bush farm, Whangarei. 14th January, 2017.
Three Mile Bush Road, Whangarei, about 8am, 14th January, 2017. Aerosol trails dispersing in the sky – a common sight.
Aerosol trails in parallel. 11th January, 2017 about 8pm, Whangarei. Note the similarity between this photo and the next, which was taken on the 14th of January, 2017.
14th January, 2017 taken from Woodhill, Whangarei.
At 1.30pm approx. on Jan. 14th an aircraft flying at high altitude emits an aerosol trail. A shot from a telephoto lens of the same aircraft a minute or so later is shown next.
At about 1.31pm an aircraft emits trail of particulates at a high altitude. Even with the telephoto lens on this aircraft was difficult to discern.
The only aircraft showing up on Flightradar24 traveling in what appeared to be the same direction and at high altitude was the FA7X, shown here at 39,000 feet.
The sky turns into a milky haze as multiple trails merge and disperse.
Yet another trail. 14th January, 2017 about 2pm.