The Bermuda Triangle is a region shrouded in mystery. It’s located in between Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico in the North Atlantic ocean and has presumably been the cause of various boats and planes disappearing for decades. No one has ever been able to explain why people and objects seemingly vanish when they head through the area, but scientists may finally have it figured out.
Here are just a few of the unexplained disappearances that have happened in this place:
1918 – The USS Cyclops, a Navy ship carrying 309 passengers, mysteriously vanishes. This is considered the largest non-combat loss of life in the US Navy’s history.
1945 – A group of five US torpedo bombers referred to as Flight 19 disappear, never seen or heard from again. The rescue plane that was sent out to look for them also seemingly evaporates into thin air and is never heard from again either.
2015 – A cargo ship – El Faro – with 33 people on board enter the area and never make their way out. That’s right, it’s still happening even in this day and age.
Those are just three of the creepy stories from Bermuda Triangle lore; there have been hundreds of ship disappearances in the area and at least 75 planes have never been seen again once entering. Various theories for the catastrophes have been floating around for as long as we’ve known about the anomaly – From electromagnetic interference that causes compass issues to bad weather; from large undersea fields of methane to the gulf stream; even alien interference has been named as the cause.
The answer may have come from space, but it’s a lot less paranormal than you might expect.
Meteorologists may have come up with a more realistic solution. They think that the mysteries can be explained by hexagonal clouds that create 170mph air bombs full of wind and come out of no where, sweeping anything and everything in their way away.
By studying images provided by a NASA satellite, scientists discovered that not only are the clouds over this area huge – 20 to 55 miles across, to be more specific – but that they also appear to have straight edges. They concluded that the waves inside of these babies could potentially be 45 feet high!
Why Clouds Matter
Meteorologist Randy Cerveny explains why the clouds play such a big role in the theory, “The satellite imagery is really bizarre. 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.” He and other scientists continue to study the data in hopes of coming up with even more evidence.
So basically, regardless of whether you’re in the air or on the sea when these clouds move in, you’re screwed; anything in the path of a microburst is pretty much guaranteed to be knocked over and sunk or thrown from the air in a fury.
At this point it’s still just a theory and more research is needed, but this could in fact explain the Bermuda Triangle enigma once and for all.