As far as we know, seventy-five planes, hundreds of ships, and thousands of men have been
“lost” in the Bermuda Triangle, the peculiar region in the North Atlantic between Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico that’s presumed to have caused innumerable, unexplainable disappearances of ships and planes. Though many blame the anomalies on conspiracies like magnetic variations and paranormal activities, scientists seem to have found an explanation: Clouds.
The new theory, proposed by satellite meteorologists, claims the that the mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle can be explained blamed on an unusual hexagonal cloud formation. By studying NASA satellite imagery, the scientists concluded that these dangerous clouds can reach 20 to 55 miles across and generate “air bombs” of wind exceeding 170 mph and waves up to 45 feet high— more than sufficient to down planes and sink ships.
One of the meteorologists studying the clouds, Dr. Randy Cerveny of Arizona State University, explained to the Science Channel’s What on Earth?: “These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs. They are formed by what are called microbursts, and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other.”
If this new theory proves to be true, this could explain the disappearance of Flight 19 and the
USS Cyclops; though, with that, it may delegitimize the accuracy of the “historical fiction” in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.