Excellent thread Kandinsky
"It's there isn't it? There's an apparent increase in reported sightings near the eleventh hour. "
yes the data does indicate the 11th hour is a peak time for sightings, and the also intriguing secondary peak at 5am. it would be interesting to see a compiled list of all the more famous cases with the times of the sightings to see how they match up with the data. i like the peak times theory alot but i'm not sold on the idea about the East Coast being the hotspot because there is a huge difference in population levels.
these two famous cases occurred at the peak times,
"The four-man crew of an Army Reserve UH-1H helicopter, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was returning from Columbus, Ohio, at about 10:30 p.m.
The Coyne - Helicopter-UFO Incident "
"One of the most dramatic encounters by police officers with an apparently structured, low-level UFO occurred in the early morning of April 17, 1966. Officers of the Portage County, Ohio, Sheriff's Department first saw the object rise up from near ground level, bathing them in light, near Ravenna, Ohio, about 5:00 A.M.
Portage County, Ohio UFO Chase"
i would like to also add , the close encounter i had with a ufo was mid summer and around 11:45 pm which fits in nicely with the peak times data.
INTERVIEW WITH JOHN A. KEEL
In the course of my conversation a month ago with these people, I laid out some predictions based on the patterns of previous flaps. I really put my neck out. All of my predictions are coming true. I was able to tell them that the sightings would be concentrated in the Mississippi Valley and move up to the Ohio Valley by the end of October. They are seen everywhere, but the heaviest concentration seems to be in the Mississippi Valley.
According to my statistics, around or on October 21 is the day when the biggest flaps are likely to occur. Of course the twenty-fourth produces some interesting manifestations. This year October 24 is on a Wednesday, and I wouldn't be surprised if the UFO flap will peak on that day, then gradually start to subside. We will have a brief low, and then next March, all hell is going to break loose.."