By Roger Marsh
The National UFO Alert Rating System has been updated for August 2014, with California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington moving to a UFO Alert 2 or 3 as the highest reporting states during the month of July 2014, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in July with 104 cases, down from 107 June cases, 102 May cases, 80 April cases, 103 March cases, 59 February cases, and 102 January cases – the single state listed as an Alert 2 with 100 or more cases. The other top reporting states had 25 or more cases and are an Alert 3. They are Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington. Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include: Missouri, Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Oregon, Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
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 New Mexico, Wisconsin, Maryland and Nevada.
MUFON released July statistics August 1, where the total number of reported UFO sightings is listed by state. The entire country was moved back to the lowest alert level – UFO Alert 5.
California takes the lead with 104 cases; Texas, 80; Michigan, 36; Florida, 32; Pennsylvania, 30; New York, 29; and Washington, 26.
Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: Missouri, 24; Colorado, 24; New Jersey, 24; Illinois, 22; Kentucky, 18; Georgia, 17; Indiana, 17; Oregon, 15; Arizona, 14; Virginia, 14; South Carolina, 14; Alabama, 13; and Tennessee, 13.
Our Watch States this month are – with 10 reports or more: New Mexico, 12; Wisconsin, 11; Maryland, 10; and Nevada, 10.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 216 cases; up from 156 June cases; 129 May cases; 150 April cases, 131 March cases, 91 February cases; and 240 January cases. Other shape reports include: Circle, 103; Disc, 95; Star-Like, 81; Triangle, 79; Other, 73; Fireball, 72; Oval, 65; Unknown, 61; Cylinder, 25; N/A, 17; Cigar, 15; Diamond, 14; Flash, 12; Boomerang, 12; Blimp, 10; Cone, 7; Egg, 6; Teardrop, 6; Saturn-like, 3; Bullet-Missile, 3; Chevron, 2; and Cross, 1.
The object’s distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 126 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 133 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 205 cases; over one mile, 1252 cases; unknown, 330; and no value stated, 39.
In addition, there were “27 landings, hoverings, or takeoffs reported and 0 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.