In a previous paper I had written, “Extended Daylight Hours: A Natural Advantage of High Latitude Regions for UFO/UAP Study”, I discussed the possible opportunities found in northern regions where daylight and darkness cycles are out of the norm from the equatorial and surrounding areas. Because sightings are found to generally be at their highest during the summer months across the globe, particularly in the month of July, it is reasonable to assume that such trends are consistent when applied to any specific locale on a smaller scale. In looking to confirm that the state of Alaska is consistent with the general UFO sightings trend, the reports obtained produced much different results than expected. It is evident that sightings in Alaska are on a much different cycle.
This was the basis of the theory that locations with extended daylight hours could benefit from having natural daylight illumination during the seasonal peak of UFO sightings. But this may no longer be plausible.
Reports for Alaska were collected from the online databases of the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network. Reports were individually reviewed before being collected, separate from the reviewing process performed by the two reporting organizations. Effort was made to eliminate multiple reports of the same sightings, and to remove duplicate reports between the two databases. In total, 529 reports were collected, 434 from the NUFORC, and 95 from the MUFON.
When the reports are tallied by month, the result is that the winter months have a much high occurrence of UFO sightings than the summer months, which is the opposite of the results of previous studies performed by Larry Hatch and Massimo Teodorani, and may warrant a reconsideration of how we interpret UFO sighting data. It is worth pursuing further analysis of sightings for specific locales, preferably on a state-by-state (or province and territory) basis and comparing with the general sighting trend.
The full paper can be read here.