The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, otherwise known as NOAA or the Ruiner of Dreams, apparently doesn’t buy into the whole “Bermuda Triangle” thing, either.
In an “Ocean Fact” posted on their website in 2010, the administration swept aside beliefs that something paranormal is at work in the area, calling the possibility of extraterrestrials, dimensional portals, and even the lost city of Atlantis “whimsical ideas.” Instead, they say the mysterious disappearances of various ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle are easily explained by natural occurrences and human error:
“Environmental considerations could explain many, if not most, of the disappearances. The majority of Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes pass through the Bermuda Triangle, and in the days prior to improved weather forecasting, these dangerous storms claimed many ships.
Also, the Gulf Stream can cause rapid, sometimes violent, changes in weather…And there is some evidence to suggest that the Bermuda Triangle is a place where a ‘magnetic’ compass sometimes points towards ‘true’ north, as opposed to ‘magnetic’ north.”
The Bermuda Triangle, which is an area in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the southernmost tip of Florida, has been a focus of paranormal investigation since its unusual nature was first brought to light in 1950.
One of the more curious incidents was the disappearance of Flight 19, in which five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers simply vanished while flying over the area on December 5, 1945. This was ultimately attributed to “navigational error leading to the aircraft running out of fuel.”
Perhaps the greater mystery, however, is how a NOAA webpage that “has not been altered since” January 4, 2010 is suddenly and inexplicably being passed around as “recent” news (the Sun Sentinel: “the agency stated this month on noaa.gov”…seriously, someone help me out here).
Perhaps those dimensional vortices are real, after all.
Anyway, if you’d like to read a few more stories where NOAA attempts to murder some of our favorite paranormal theories, check out the posts below:
- By Poseidon’s Beard! Mermaids Aren’t Real?!
- NOAA Explains Why We Can’t Nuke Tropical Cyclones
- The Harrowing Tale of Alaska’s Mysterious Orange Goo