UFO Study: Washington State Had 3rd Most Sightings Of 2020 – Patch.com

SEATTLE — Big news for paranormal researchers, truth-seekers and fans of the strange and occult: Washington is one of the country’s biggest hot spots for UFO sightings, according to a new report.

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In their study, GambleOnline says they searched through data from the National UFO Reporting Center and found that Washington had the third most UFO sightings of 2020, with 368 sightings logged. The only states with more unidentified flying objects were Florida (398 sightings) and California (619).

Washington state actually has a long history with UFO sightings. UFO hunting has been a popular pursuit in the United States since the mid-20th century, when Kenneth Arnold, a businessman piloting a small plane, filed the first well-known report in 1947 of a UFO over Mount Rainier in Washington. Arnold claimed he saw nine high-speed, crescent-shaped objects zooming along at several thousand miles per hour “like saucers skipping on water.”

Although the objects Arnold claimed to see weren’t saucer-shaped at all, his analogy led to the popularization of the term “flying saucers.”

Other highlights from the study include:

Lights are the most common type of UFO reported

Mysterious lights made up 1,777 of last year’s UFO sightings, according to the National UFO Reporting Center, making them far and away the most common type of UFO. The second most common were circles, with 886 sightings, and spheres, with 444 sightings. The least common sighting was the lowly cone-shaped UFO, only spotted 14 times.

Most sightings come between 8 p.m. and midnight

It may seem like common sense — it’s much harder to see mysterious lights during the daytime, after all — but 40 percent of UFO sightings happen between 8 p.m. and midnight. If you’d rather not endure the hassle of experiencing a mysterious and world-shattering phenomenon, the best time to be out and about is from noon to 4 p.m., when UFO sightings are scarce.

Spring is UFO season

If you’re an amateur alien hunter, spring is the best time to get out there. Researchers found that April and March had by far the most sightings, with 1,045 and 828 UFO reports respectively. December had the least sightings with 370.

Interestingly July is a relatively average month for UFO sightings, despite the fact that July 2 is UFO Awareness Day — you’d think people might step up their sky-gazing game.

The average UFO sighting lasts 19 minutes

UFO sightings in media tend to be blink-and-you-miss-it, but in real life, the UFOs hang around. Most UFOs (38 percent) stuck around for between one to five minutes, but 11 percent hang out for more than half an hour. Another 11 percent stuck around for 16 to 30 minutes, making the average sighting 19 minutes long.

>> Read the full study from GambleOnline here.

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