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Spikes In UFO Sightings

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:47:54 +0100
Archived: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:28:44 -0400
Subject: Spikes In UFO Sightings

Hello List,

Read today of a 'spike' in UFO sightings (attributed to folk
watching weather for Hurricane Irene) and remembered some years
ago naively asking Larry Hatch what, if anything, his records
and graphs showed about those peaks, both world wide and for
individual countries.

IIRC he steered me to some of his annnual graphs and expressed a
general conclusion that some 'spikes' are statistically to be
expected because the population has more opportunity to see the
sky at certain times of the year, and that some other spikes can
be due to the population having more motive (for various
reasons) to watch the sky.

Haven't kept up with that, and am not aware of current work, yet
feel we can maybe still learn from good record-keeping, maybe
with a caveat regarding the sources of reports.

I.e. the media (MSM) can't be used as a reliable tool but have to
be regarded as part of the problem, since they don't report
sightings consistently, mostly ignoring them but occasionally
using some as a diversion (silly-season or otherwise political).
The exceptions seem to be cases where many witnesses come
forward - O'Hare et al.

So, are any of the large UFO-reporting organizations putting
their records on-line as easily viewable graphs?

Ray D

BTW - iirc, Larry had tried correlation of spikes with Mars,
Venus conjuctions etc. Has anyone continued with that?

BTW2 - if spikes mostly follow Larry's 'opportunity/motive'
theory, might we conclude that there is a more or less constant
UFO presence?

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