The notoriously strange 500,000 square mile triangular area off of Florida's Southeastern coast known as the Bermuda Triangle has perplexed scientists for years. It's ability to make planes and boats vanish without a trace has inspired wild, supernatural explanations.
Turns out weather science may explain what happens in the Triangle, even if the science is still strange. Bizarre hexagonal clouds capable of producing extreme winds spotted over the western tip of the area may finally provide some us with some answers.
Meteorologists speaking to Science Channel's "What on Earth?" gave some insight.
"You don't typically see straight-edges with clouds," says Meteorologist Dr. Steve Miller. "Most of the time they are random in their distribution.
Meteorologist Dr. Randy Cerveny, agrees, and says these clouds are capable of producing winds of an uncanny force.
"These types of hexagonal shapes in the ocean are in essence air bombs, Cerveny says. "They’re formed by what are called 'microbursts' and they’re blasts of air.”
Those "air bombs" could be capable of producing hurricane-force winds.
The same type of hexagonal-shaped clouds have been picked up by radar imagery over the tumultuous North Sea. There, they've been linked to sea level winds of 100 mph, which is at the very top of the Beaufort scale used to categorize storm winds.
Wind speeds of that degree are capable of producing gigantic 45-foot waves—about the size of a four story building.
Have we truly figured out one of Earth's strangest phenomenons? Possibly. The creepy visions of aliens harvesting for dire experiments or holes into other universes are still more fun, though.