The mysterious 700,000sqm Bermuda Triangle is known to all, yet it is still one of life's great mysteries. However, the enigma might have finally been solved.
The Bermuda Triangle has been the scene of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes. This strange area lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami in the U.S., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over 100 years ago, reports first started emerging of an unusual amount of shipwrecks in the region.
Some of the mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle includes the story of Flight 19, which included a group of five U.S. torpedo bombers that vanished in the Triangle in 1945. Upon sending out a rescue plane to the spot to search for the passengers, that plane too disappeared.
Another mystery that lies unsolved in the Triangle is the mystery of USS Cyclops. The ship with a crew of 309 went missing in 1918, resulting in the most non-combat loss of life in the U.S. Navy's history.
75 planes, hundreds of ships and thousands of people also went missing as they met their demise in the Bermuda Triangle.
Several possible causes for the disappearances over time ranges from the paranormal, electromagnetic interference that causes compass problems, bad weather, the gulf stream, and large undersea fields of methane.
However, it seems that after all this time, a scientific reason has been discovered. Now, meteorologists have proposed a fascinating theory. They claim that the reason for the mysteries pervading the Bermuda Triangle area is unusual hexagonal clouds. These clouds create 170 mph air bombs full of wind, and these air pockets could be the reason for sinking ships and downing planes.
The scientists came to their conclusion after studying imagery from a NASA satellite. The determination was that some of these clouds reach 20 to 55 miles across. Waves inside these winds can stretch as high as 45 feet. The scientists also found that these clouds are also unique in another way – they have straight edges.
As explained by Dr Steve Miller, Colorado State University's satellite meteorologist, to Science Channel's What on Earth, "You do not typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution."
Well, you might wonder what is so unique about the shape of the cloud. Meteorologist Randy Cerveny explained that; "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."
Anything caught inside one of these air bombs could be very well knocked out of the air, flipped over, sunk. But to reliably confirm the theory, more observation is needed that could finally explain many of the infamous Bermuda Triangle events.