By Roger Marsh | Examiner
The National UFO ALERT Rating System has been updated January 1, 2013, with California, Michigan, Florida and Texas moving to a UFO Alert 3 as the highest reporting states during the month of December 2012, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in December with 75 cases, up from 53 cases in November, 83 cases in October, 69 cases filed in September and 75 in August.
Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include: Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona and Maryland. All other states move to a UFO Alert 5 category with lower numbers of UFO activity. The Watch States – with 10 or more cases – are Colorado, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee.
MUFON released December statistics January 1, where the total number of reported UFO sightings is listed by state. The UFO Examiner uses these statistics to rate states. The entire country was moved back to the lowest alert level – UFO Alert 5.
California takes the lead with 75 cases; Michigan, 45; Florida, 42; and Texas, 38 cases. Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: Pennsylvania, 22; Georgia, 20; North Carolina, 19; New York, 17; Indiana, 14; Ohio, 13; Arizona, 13; and Maryland, 13.
Our Watch States this month are – with 10 reports or more: Colorado, 11; New Jersey, 10; Kentucky, 10; and Tennessee, 10 cases.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 158 December reports; down from 168 reports in November; 161 in October, 246 in September and 238 August reports. Other shape reports include: Circle, 121; Star-like, 95; Triangle, 84; Fireball, 69; Disc, 67; Other, 66; Unknown, 63; Oval, 54; Flash, 36; Cylinder, 29; Cigar, 25; Diamond, 14; Square/Rectangle, 13; Boomerang, 12; Chevron, 9; Egg, 9; Bullet/Missile, 9; Blimp, 8; Cone, 8; Teardrop, 6; Saturn-like, 3; and Cross, 1.
The object’s distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 71 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 92 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 140 cases; over one mile, 146 cases; unknown, 190; and no value stated, 8. In addition, there were “25 landings, hovering, or takeoffs reported and 2 entities observed.”
The most interesting UFO reports do not necessarily come from high reporting states – but those states with higher numbers do account for some of the most interesting evidence to study. While UFO sightings seem to pop up randomly around the country, this list is meant to offer a small insight into where Americans are filing reports.