High Strangeness: It's Raining UFOs!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's Raining UFOs!

As I prepare to finally conduct my first ever UFO sighting investigation for MUFON, I've been checking out the volume of UFO sighting reports in my area. It has occurred to me that as soon as I successfully complete my first investigation, I will be assigned another, and so it behooves me to know what's going out there, so I have some idea what they might throw at me.

Here's what MUFON's UFO Stalker has going on in southeastern Wisconsin... I don't think I can be accused of exaggerating when I say it's raining UFOs over Wisconsin!

Holy crap, do we get a lot of UFOs over Wisconsin! Could this have been the deciding factor in the recall?
How the hell am I going to keep up with all of this? Really, this is a big job, much bigger than I expected. Luckily, UFO Stalker links up to MUFON's Case Management System, so I can see the disposition of various cases and see how I would have handled them, had they been assigned to me...

My sentimental favorite is the report of a 2009 sighting of an "invisible object seen traveling through the clouds" that came in from the small town where I grew up, Big Bend... See that little UFO in the middle of the picture below? That is literally two blocks from the house where I grew up and where my parents still live! Hey, thanks for keeping me posted on local UFO activity, Mom & Dad. Are we going to have to have that talk again?

I grew up in this little burg, and I had no idea we had UFOs! Damn.
Anyway, the Big Bend encounter was investigated by some dude who seems to be from Florida, and his findings were disappointing to me. First, he gave the witness very low scores on the bizarre Ballaster-Guasp Evaluation system: Information Quality –  50%; Reliability – 38.5%; Strangeness – 28.57%; Certainty – 5.5%! That's a pretty low Certainty score, no matter how you slice it, but then again, the UFO was "invisible," so I guess I have to cut the Investigator some slack there. In the end he found that, "Due to the description of the object as well as the maneuvers, I am closing the case as Unknown - Other."

Closer to home, and in some ways more intriguing, is the report that came in from just 10 miles where I live now. This sighting, which took place last October in the City of Whitewater, involves a person seeing the same lights in the sky for a week, and saying "hope someone can tell what this is."

Whitewater is a University, and, hence, a party, town. Does that fact enter into this unusual UFO sighting report?
This case was investigated by the Wisconsin State MUFON Director and Assistant Director (who also investigated my second UFO sighting last winter), and after much messing around with star charts and a telescope, they determined that the UFO was actually an IFO (Identified Flying Object). "...considering the way the star moved as time elapsed and its placement in the sky, we are quite confident that this is a star in the Bootes Constellation and likely Arcturus," the report concludes.

What do I take away from all this? Wisconsin may have plenty of UFO sightings, but we need more Certainty... 5.5% just will not cut it.

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