Gateway Pundit | By Kristinn Taylor Published February 3, 2023 at 11:20am
A NOAA air current model shows the China spy balloon is expected to traverse the United States heartland through the Midwest and Southern states on Friday before heading out to the Atlantic Ocean passing over the U.S. Navy base at Newport News, Virginia. Joe Biden refused to shoot down the balloon, however Secretary of State Antony Blinken cancelled a planned trip to Beijing in protest.
Any clue as to what this is in the sky? It’s moved a little bit in the past 40 minutes, but it was just as bright in daylight hours. pic.twitter.com/sNRnJSfJ7G
— John Martin (@MartinInMontana) February 2, 2023
The NOAA HYSPLIT* model was used to reverse track the balloon from China. The balloon flew over the Aleutian Islands, then into Canada air space before crossing into U.S. airspace over Montana and a U.S. nuclear missile base on Wednesday.
NOAA HYSPLIT model back traces the origin of the upper atmosphere #spyballoon in the past 5 days to #China.
Source: @ChrisWTOL pic.twitter.com/wwWAPa7Rop
— Saikiran Kannan | 赛基兰坎南 (@saikirankannan) February 3, 2023
Forecasting shows it continuing across the U.S. on Friday:
Based on Met. Models ( NOAA’s HYSPLIT tool ) spy balloon could have been launched ~ 26th Jan, and slowly made its way over Japan -> Alaska -> Canada ->Mainland USA
In a little over 24 hrs it will make its way across to the Atlantic#osint #china #montana #spyballoon pic.twitter.com/lJbM6YfQt4
— Viper (@viper202020) February 3, 2023
The Pentagon has issued statements that downplayed the significance of the China spy balloon.
American high school students launch a hundred such balloons every year. Not all of them rise sufficiently to burst and parachute the electronics to ground.
Who let go of the string?