A group of meteorologists are claiming that hexagonal clouds and “air bombs” are to blame for the series of disappearances in the notorious and legendary Bermuda Triangle.
The mysterious area in the north Atlantic Ocean has been responsible for the unexplained loss of around 100 aircraft and sea vessels, researchers have claimed on the Science Channel’s What on Earth program.
Leading the theory is Arizona State University meteorologist Dr Randy Cerveny, who says satellite images showing hexagonal-shaped clouds can explain the destruction in the Bermuda Triangle.
Hexagonal-shaped clouds also appear off the coast of the United Kingdom in the North Sea, and radar images of the seas under the clouds showed incredibly high winds and massive waves.
When these clouds were spotted on the western tip of the Bermuda Triangle measuring 40km to 88km long, Dr Cerveny began pursuing his theory.
“It’s really bizarre, the hexagonal shapes of the cloud formations,” he said.
“These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs.
“They’re formed by what are called microbursts. They’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of the cloud and then hit the ocean and create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other.”
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The clouds essentially blast strong plumes of air toward the sea. The burst then disperses across the ocean and wreaks havoc with ships and planes.
Colorado State University satellite meteorologist Dr Steve Miller went on to explain the clouds’ abnormality saying: “You don’t typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time clouds are random in their distribution.”
The Bermuda Triangle comprises the sea and air in between Florida’s coast, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.
The Bermuda Triangle’s infamy for being linked to unusual disappearances stretches back to 1950 and has been a mystery ever since.
However the earliest known disappearance was in 1800 when the USS Pickering was lost with 90 people on board.
The last ship to have sunk in the area was the cargo ship the SS El Faro, which disappeared in rough seas and was later found sunk with all 39 crew dead.
Explanations have ranged from the whacky – like suggestions of paranormal interference – to claims that there are magnetic compass problems in the area.