The ships and planes that are said to have vanished into thin air in the Bermuda Triangle may have actually vanished because of a hexagonal shaped cloud.
A new theory being floated by meteorologists speaking to the Science Channel’s What on Earth? claim that hexagonal clouds, between 20 and 55 miles wide forming over the triangle is leading to 170-mph “air bombs”—that is taking down ships and planes traveling over the Atlantic Ocean.
“These types of hexagonal shapes in the ocean are in essence air bombs,” Meteorologist Randy Cerveny, Ph.D., said during the program. “They’re formed by what is called microbursts and they’re blasts of air.”
Using radar satellites, scientists were able to identify and track the hexagonal clouds formed in the Bahamas on the western tip of the Bermuda Triangle.
After the hexagonal clouds were discovered, similar clouds were also discovered in the North Sea off the coast of the U.K. Radar was used to determine wind speeds of 100 mph that causes waves in the North Sea to be more than 45-feet high.
Meteorologist Steve Miller, who holds a doctorate in atmospheric science, said clouds with straight edges are atypical and most clouds are random in their distribution. The scientists will now study the cloud formations and their impact further.
The Bermuda Triangle is the area between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, where numerous ships and planes have disappeared dating back to 1800.
Some of the more notable incidents include: when the USS Cyclops sunk in 1918, killing 306 passengers and crew members, and when 27 people died after five torpedo bombers disappeared over the triangle in 1945, also when 31 died after a flight in 1948 vanished without a trace.
The most recent incident occurred in 2015 when the SS El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.
In the past, theories regarding the Bermuda Triangle have included the gulf stream, a propensity for violent weather, compass problems, human error, the presence of large fields of methane hydrates and spirits and aliens haunting the area.