The so-called Bermuda Triangle is an enduring mystery and allegedly one of the most paranormal places on Earth. The myth of the Bermuda Triangle began the early 1950s when an article published in the Miami Herald described several ships and planes which were thought to have gone missing around the supposed mystery spot. Shortly thereafter, more anecdotes began circulating about mysterious disappearances of planes and ships in the roughly triangular region between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. It wasn't long before the idea of the Bermuda Triangle became entrenched in popular culture.

An early depiction of the supposed Bermuda Triangle.

While the existence of such an anomaly is still a matter of debate and vehemently refuted by scientists, belief the Bermuda Triangle still persists in many circles. Recent announcements by the European Space Agency concerning satellite blackouts near the Bermuda Triangle certainly add fuel to the speculative fire, while scientists and laymen alike seem to constantly search for and announce new theories about the mysterious zone. Now, new claims made about the Bermuda Triangle have gone viral, prompting skeptics everywhere to wring their hands in collective frustration about the persistence of belief in the “Devil’s Triangle.”

The area called the Bermuda Triangle stretches from Bermuda to Puerto Rico and as far west as Florida.

According to Randy Cerveny, a “scientist” working for the cable TV network The Science Channel, the cause of the mysterious disappearances is a rare and possibly new atmospheric phenomenon he’s calling “air bombs.” In the Science Channel’s documentary about these air bombs, Cerveny claims that rare hexagonal voids in clouds seen in satellite imagery imply the presence of a form of localized sky-to-ground turbulence that can create powerful bursts of air capable of knocking planes out of the air or capsizing even the largest ships:

These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs. They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size and they start to interact with each other.

Of course, these claims have already been hotly disputed. For one, meteorologists have pointed out that these types of hexagonal clouds are not unique to the Bermuda Triangle. Furthermore, many science news outlets are dismissing the claims altogether based on the simple fact that the Bermuda Triangle likely doesn’t exist at all. Still, these hexagonal clouds usually do imply strong localized wind patterns, and that much can’t be discounted. Whether or not this theory pans out to have any legitimacy is yet to be seen. Same goes for the “ScienceChannel.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains.

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