Hot spots are locations that see a great deal of UFO activity for a protracted period of time. Some hot spots will last for months, such as the Belgium during the black triangle sightings of late 1989 and early 1990, while others see years of activity such as the Sedona, Arizona area. Hot spots differ from flaps (or waves) which is a term for a large amount of sightings over a much larger region, perhaps a large state or group of states, in a relatively short period of time. These two terms can sometimes blur together because there are no hard and fast rules to define either. The famous 1952 UFOs over Washington, DC incident which occurred over two weekends, for example, was part of a larger 1952 flap which, according to Dr. Bruce Maccabee, saw over 2,000 reports nationwide going to the fledgling Project Blue Book at the Air Force’s Air Technical Intelligence Center. However, with just a handful (albeit an important handful) of the year’s 2,000 sightings coming from Washington, DC over a period of about 10 days, the city was not considered a hot spot. Some researchers connect UFO hot spots with other anomalous activity, such as crypto-zoological creature sightings and paranormal events.
Theories Explaining Hot Spots
There are several theories that have been offered to explain why certain locations seem to attract UFO activity. Some offer the opinion that these areas simply hold some item of interest to the so-called flying saucers. This may be something as simple as a source for refueling or restocking their supplies. It may also be that human activity, such as nuclear weapons and energy development, is attracting attention. It may even be that the forces behind the UFOs are interested in tracking certain humans found in the area. Another popular theory is that hot spots indicate areas that hide UFO bases. The problem with this hypothesis is that certain hot spots are very near populated areas which would suggest that it would be difficult to keep some type of secret installation housing mysterious flying objects hidden. A related theory is that hot spots do not represent areas with UFO bases but the gateways, portals, wormholes or windows that these objects somehow travel through to enter and exit Earth’s atmosphere.
Traditional UFO Hot Spots
Certain areas enjoy long held reputations for being, or for having been, hot spots. Some are still active today while others saw their activity level flare up for a period of time only to once again trail off, sometimes quite suddenly. Traditional hot spots include:
The Bermuda Triangle: Although most famous as a zone that reputedly has a high number of ship and aircraft disappearances, there are also many UFO and USO (unidentified submerged objects) sightings in this area. Some Bermuda Triangle researchers have suggested that the area is home to some type of undersea base. Theories on the origin of this base vary from an advanced United States military installation, the last Atlantean outpost or way station used by extraterrestrial visitors.
Mount Shasta: Considered by local American Indian groups to be the site of a battle between a good spirit from above and an evil spirit from the underworld, Mount Shasta has long been a hot spot. During the latter part of the 19th Century and early 20th Century stories of an underground colony of the lost Lemurian civilization began to emerge. Mount Shasta is also a focal point for non-UFO related New Age and paranormal research.
New Mexico, 1947: In addition to the alleged crash of a flying disk (or multiple disks) around Roswell, there were many other sightings of unknown aerial objects in and around New Mexico in the summer of 1947. Given the fact that the world’s only atomic bomb armed aircraft group, the White Sands testing facilities and Los Alamos National Laboratory were all located in the state at the time, these sightings lend credence to the theory that hot spots indicate areas of interest to the forces behind UFOs. Of course, some believe that New Mexico is also home to a secret extraterrestrial base that is known to the US government.
Gulf Breeze, 1987: After a series of photographs depicting mysterious objects in the skies over the small town of Gulf Breeze, Florida were released by Ed Walters in November the area became known as a UFO hot spot. In the years since his pictures were released, however, Mr. Walters has come under fire as a hoaxer.
Belgium, 1989-1990: One of the most publicized UFO hot spots of the 20th Century was Belgium. Not only did the area see a high percentage of black triangular craft instead of traditional circular or glowing craft, many initial reports came from federal police officers. The Belgian government took official interest in the sightings as well. Given the fact that the mysterious black craft were seen throughout the country, one may argue these events constituted a flap. However, the rather small area and population of the country (about 1/5 the size of New York State and 2/3 the population of the greater New York City area) seem to qualify it as a hot spot.
Current Hot Spots
Many areas throughout the world may be considered hot spots, especially since there is not a formal definition or number of sightings necessary to be certified as a hot spot. Any area that sees consistent UFO activity over a period of time may be considered a hot spot. Some of the more active regions in recent years are included below.
Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania has a rich history of sightings with the alleged crash of an object near Kecksburg probably being the most famous incident. Over the last few years these eastern Pennsylvania counties have been some of the highest UFO incident rates in the United States. The area has been featured on several UFO related television shows including UFOs Over Earth.
Mexico City: Ever since a solar eclipse in July of 1991, citizens of Mexico City have been reporting, photographing and recording videos of unknown aerial objects. Often the UFOs are seen in large groups described as fleets or flotillas.
Sedona, Arizona: A location popular with film studios making westerns from the silent era until the early 1970s, Sedona is now a town with an active New Age community. It also has been the center of a number of UFO sightings. Sedona has been featured on the show UFO Hunters, which theorized that it was near some type of UFO vortex or gateway.
Locating Hot Spots
As previously mentioned, there are not official hot spot certifications, requirements or definitions. The best way to find potential hot spots is to try to stay aware of sightings being reported. There are a number of ways to learn about current UFO sightings. The National UFO Reporting Center maintains a website and database of reports that it receives. The Mutual UFO Network also takes UFO reports. One convenient way to track their reports is through the interactive map of UFO reports found at UFOStalker.com. Finally. George Filer maintains a website for the National UFO Center and publishes a weekly email digest of UFO news and reports from around the world. By using these resources one can stay abreast of current UFO sightings and attempt to discern especially active hot spot areas.
For Further Information
Dr. Bruce Maccabee, 1952: Year of the UFO http://brumac.8k.com/1952YEAROFUFO/1952YEAROFUFO.html
Popular Mechanics’ Map of UFO Activity 1947-2005,
Mutual UFO Network report map, www.ufostalker.org
National UFO Reporting Center, www.nuforc.org
George Filer’s File’s, www.nufoc.org