Bermuda Triangle Mystery Finally Solved? Maybe Not
For years, the Bermuda Triangle has been blamed for the disappearance of hundreds of ships and planes. Also known as the Devil's Triangle, there are countless theories as to why these vessels vanished into this imaginary area off the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States.
Some people are convinced that the disappearances are due to paranormal activity, extraterrestrial beings, or perhaps even sea monsters. However, a group of scientists now think they have solved the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, blaming a bizarre weather phenomenon for the ships and planes going MIA.
The Bermuda TriangleWikimedia
Once word got out that scientists think that clouds that create "terrifying air bombs" with winds as high as 170 mph are behind the Bermuda Triangle mystery, the story quickly went viral online. But as quickly as news of the new theory clogged up everyone's social media feed, the scientists' discovery was quickly debunked.
According to Meteorologist Randy Cerveny, hexagonal clouds that have appeared over the Bermuda Triangle "are in essence air bombs." Blasts of air come out of the bottom of the massive clouds and hit the ocean with 170 mph winds that can create 45-foot-high waves — a deadly weather combo that could flip over ships and pull planes out of the sky and into the ocean.
Hexagonal clouds creating powerful air bombsThe Science Channel
'They are formed by what are called microbursts," Cerveny stated on a recent episode of the Science Channel's What On Earth. "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."
So, is it true? Are these "air bombs" behind the disappearance of ships and planes, including the most recent report that the cargo ship El Faro went missing in the Bermuda Triangle in 2015?
Snopes, a site known for debunking rumors, says the newest story about the Bermuda Triangle is completely false. Although the information about the air bombs is true, the scientists feel that their comments were misrepresented by the Science Channel — they didn't say that the clouds had any relation to the disappearance of ships and planes in the area of the Bermuda Triangle.
Hexagonal cloudsThe Science Channel
Scientist Steven Miller, who appeared with Meteorologist Randy Cerveny in the Science Channel report, said this weather kind of weather pattern "happens everywhere" so it can't be blamed for the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.
"It is a common phenomenon occurring globally," Miller told USA Today. "Most generally found at mid- to high latitude locations over the oceans, and usually during the cold season."
Cerveny also chimed in and stated that the Science Channel made it appear as if he was "making a big breakthrough or something, but "sadly [that's] not the case."
So, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle continues. Do you believe there is a force in the 300,000-plus mile area of the Atlantic Ocean that is sucking up ships and planes from time-to-time?