Washington is No. 1 in UFO sightings

If you yearn for a quick escape from this troubled planet — or a glimpse of evidence that somebody up there is checking us out and considering options — don’t move. You’re already in the right place. Washington ranks No. 1 in reports of mysterious objects in the sky, according to reporting data amassed by the National UFO Reporting Center and analyzed recently by Stacker, a data-crunching website. Stacker calculated the astronomical rate of 100 UFO sightings per 100,000 population in Washington. That’s based on 6,812 reports from the state that have been filed with the National UFO Reporting Center, a small, independent outfit in the Eastern Washington city of Davenport. Montana comes second, with 95 sightings per 100,000. Alaska and Vermont are tied for third at 90. Oregon is No. 5 at 87. New Hampshire, Maine, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona are next. Washington isn’t just No. 1 in UFO reports. We also get bragging rights about sparking modern UFO mania. It happened in June 1947, when a private pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted a formation of flying discs zooming around Mount Rainier at speeds no known craft could possibly achieve. A handful of eyewitness reports on the ground…

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Washington is No. 1 in UFO sightings

Updated: July 26, 2022 — 10:26 am