UFO Sightings in Washington State - - a short study

UFO Sightings in Washington Of all 50 US states,  Washington ranks 7th for UFO sightings in the *U* Database, 303 listings as of March 2006.

Ufo eras are shown by colors:   112 sightings from the 1800s through 1959 show as Blue dots.   only 46 listings from 1960 through 1974 (Violet) and 145 from 1975 to the present are in Green.

The geographical center of these sightings is at 121:25W - 47:17N, South of Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades mountain range which divides two watersheds.

Washingon was heavily involved in the surprise 1947 sightings wave (see histogram below).

Spokane to the East (117:25W - 47:40N) was hit early on, as was western Washington and a trail for sightings leading Southeast from the Hanford Yakima area.

See a similar map for all the Northwest States here:   UFO: Northwest States.

Daily UFO Sightings Histogram: Washington <=   Daily Histogram of Washington Sightings.

Here sightings for all years are combined, then given as daily counts to show seasonal effects and trends.

The peak day is June 24, with 6 listings for 1947 alone, plus a few in other years. The five busiest days for all years were all in 1947, then one in 1952 (27 July) and another in 1996 (9 February).

June 24 1947 was the date of the famous Ken Arnold sighting, coincident with separate events in western Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere.

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50-year graph of Washington UFO Sightings <=   50-Year Graph of Washington UFO Sightings.

Unlike other states, Washington was hit hard in 1947, again in 1952, but goes into a slow period after that until recent decades.   The busiest years for this state are as follows:

1947 (37)     1950  (9)     1952 (24)
1965   (9)     1982  (7)     1986 (11)
1987   (9)     1988 (15)    1995 (42)
1996 (24)
Years not shown have 6 or fewer listings.

Surprise counts in the 1980s and 1990s result in part from the work of Peter Davenport at the National UFO Reporting Center: NUFORC

The busiest month for Sightings in Washington was July with 66 records, more than triple the 21.5 listings per month for the other 11 months.

The busiest weekday was Tuesday (57) versus a mean average of 38 or 39 per day for the rest of the week, where weekdays are known.

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