The Bermuda Triangle has been a mystery that has plagued mankind for centuries. As far back as Christopher Columbus, people have been reporting mysterious goings on in the Bermuda Triangle, a 500,000-square mile swath of the Atlantic Ocean ocean loosely denoted by Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Miami, Florida. The treacherous expanse of open water is home to more shipwrecks, plane crashes, and unexplained disappearances, both by air and sea, than virtually any other location on Earth, and as the History Channel reports, there are some that even contend that William Shakespeare’s The Tempest may have been based on the notorious legends swirling around the Bermuda Triangle.
There have been hundreds of years of mysterious goings-on, including a ship, James B. Chester, which was found inexplicably floating in the Bermuda Triangle in 1855 with no one on board. The entire crew of the schooner had disappeared without a trace. According to those who discovered that Bermuda Triangle mystery, there were no indications of a struggle on board, and the life boats were all on-board when the crew-less ship was discovered.
While Christopher Columbus was one of the first in modern history to report a mystery in the Bermuda Triangle (according to the so-called founder of America, he saw a strange light in the sky and even strange lights in the water, he also reported anomalies with his compass), the advent of air travel didn’t offer relief for those unlucky enough to have to travel through the notorious Bermuda Triangle. In fact, one of the most mysterious and well-known Bermuda Triangle cases involved five navy bombers in 1945.
The planes and their crew, totaling 14 men, departed on a mission which is now known as Flight 19. Their origin was Fort Lauderdale, and their mission was to conduct bombing practice within the Bermuda Triangle. Not long into their mission, the mission leader apparently got terribly lost and all of the planes suffered from compasses that suddenly stopped doing their jobs (remember Columbus?). The pilots continued to communicate with their base in Florida until their planes ran out of fuel and they “ditched at sea.” A rescue mission was sent to retrieve them. They were never found, nor were their planes. The rescue crew and their plane also vanished. To this day, no trace of Flight 19 has ever been found, making it one of the most well-documented and puzzling of all Bermuda Triangle mystery disappearances.
Throughout the history of the Bermuda Triangle and the mystery it exudes, no one has ever been able to figure out exactly what’s going on down there. Despite extensive scientific (and pseudoscientific) research and extensive studies of every aspect of the region, no real answers to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle have ever satisfied researchers. That is, until now.
As the New York Post reports, scientists have recently observed strange hexagonal-shaped clouds forming in the skies above the Bermuda triangle, and some believe that these clouds could hold the key to the mystery of the area.
According to Meteorologist Dr. Randy Cerveny, who recently spoke to The Science Channel on behalf of their program What on Earth, attributed the strange cloud formations to something called “microbursts,”which can produce strong, intense winds that seemingly come out of nowhere.
“The satellite imagery is really bizarre … the hexagonal shapes of the cloud formations. These types of hexagonal shapes in the ocean are in essence air bombs. They’re formed by what is called microbursts and they’re blasts of air.”
The hexagonal clouds observed above the Bermuda Triangle are said to have been up to 50 miles across, more than wide enough to cause a lot of damage to an unaware plane or ship. Particularly when meteorologists note that the winds they create can reach up to 170 MPH.
According to researchers, the microbursts are the equivalent of “air bombs,” easily capable of sinking ships and downing aircraft. In a nutshell, these scientists believe they have finally solved the Bermuda Triangle mystery.
Their theory seems to be a good one, and it’s already gaining a lot of traction both on and off of the internet.
However, for some, the new Bermuda Triangle discovery doesn’t answer all of the questions surrounding the mysterious patch of sea. For example, how does a microburst remove all passengers and crew from a schooner while leaving the vessel fully intact? How could an “air bomb” (or even several) have downed Flight 19 and the rescue flight, too? Intensive searches for the wreckage of that particular Bermuda Triangle mystery have gone on for decades, and nary a trace of the planes has ever been found on the ocean floor, something even a strong wind can’t explain away.
What does a 170 MPH wind have to do with the magnetic field? How could it possibly cause compass malfunctions?
So far, these questions haven’t been answered. Even so, researchers claim that they may have just solved the Bermuda Triangle mystery. What do you think?
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