According to recent statistics, California and Florida are the U.S. states that boast the highest numbers of reported sightings, with 10,015 and 5,602, respectively.
Perhaps that is why it was Florida’s Republican Senator, Marco Rubio, who, in his role as the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair, included a provision in its annual authorization bill requiring various military and intelligence agencies to compile a detailed analysis of all of the available data on unexplained aerial phenomena. The analysis would be declassified and available to the public and must be completed within 180 days of the bill’s passage.
As we have reported several times in these pages, last year, the U.S. Navy acknowledged that the objects are seen in three widely leaked and ultimately declassified videos were, in fact, “unidentified flying objects.” That is as far as the acknowledgment went. No conclusion was drawn as to what they were, or where they came from, but trained fighter pilots said they had performed aerial maneuvers that no aircraft they were familiar with was capable of.
The statistics on California and Florida were accumulated and presented by the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC). In 1996, NUFORC placed an online form on its website, so citizens could report any UFO sightings. Since then, the site has racked up more than 90,000 reported sightings, nearly all of them from North America.
These reports are publicly viewable and include descriptions that run the gamut from “a series of bright spheres moved slowly, one-by-one, in a southerly direction, away from a stationary sphere” (Gloucester, Massachusetts, 7/8/18) to “White light circling a star” (Pearland, Texas, 8/14/20).
Skeptics claim that the high numbers of sightings in Florida and California are likely to be mainly due to the fact that both states are known for a lot of aerodynamic and space exploration research. Many of these sightings might in fact be cases of mistaken identity.
However, NUFORC’s director, Peter Davenport, says, “People report everything as UFOs, but I doubt that theory is correct. I can’t prove it, of course. The population, weather conditions, the fact that people are outdoors quite often [in those states]—there are many, many variables.”
Davenport is a former candidate for both the Washington state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds master’s degrees in biology and finance and has directed the NUFORC since 1994. He himself had a sighting along with hundreds of others at a drive-in movie when he was a kid growing up in St. Louis.
Interestingly enough, currently, California and Florida hold the number 1 and number 3 spots respectively of the most COVID-19 cases in the nation. Just a coincidence, or is there something else in play here?
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