The National UFO ALERT Rating System has been updated for January 2014, with California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona moving to a UFO Alert 3 as the highest reporting states during the month of December 2013, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in December with 68 cases, up from 56 November cases, 77 October cases, 70 September cases, 97 August cases, 91 July cases, 72 June cases, 67 May cases, 47 April cases, 59 March cases, 53 February cases and 63 January cases.
Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include: Ohio, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
All other states move to a UFO Alert 5 category with lower numbers of UFO activity. The Watch States - with 10 or more cases - are Colorado, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, New York, Washington, Virginia, and Michigan.
MUFON released December statistics January 1, where the total number of reported UFO sightings is listed by state. The UFO Examiner uses these statistics to rate states. The entire country was moved back to the lowest alert level - UFO Alert 5.
California takes the lead with 68 cases; Florida, 33; Texas, 30; and Arizona, 24.
Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: Pennsylvania, 17; Minnesota, 14; North Carolina, 14; and Ohio, 13.
Our Watch States this month are - with 10 reports or more: Michigan, 12; Virginia, 11; Washington, 11; New York, 11; Missouri, 11; Tennessee, 11; Alabama, 10; Georgia, 10; and Colorado, 10.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 141 cases, down from 156 November cases, 195 October reports, 211 September reports; 282 August reports, 269 July reports, 240 June reports, 187 May reports, 144 April reports, 124 March reports; 124 February reports; and 172 January reports. Other shape reports include: Star-like, 90; Circle, 83; Fireball, 73; Triangle, 61; Disc, 60; Unknown, 58; Other, 52; Flash, 28; Oval, 27; Cylinder, 23; Diamond, 17; Cigar, 14; Teardrop, 10; Cone, 7; Boomerang, 7; Chevron, 6; Bullet/Missile, 6; Egg, 5; Saturn-like, 4; Blimp, 3; and Cross, 2.
The object's distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 71 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 63 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 118 cases; over one mile, 150 cases; unknown, 149; and no value stated, 17.
In addition, there were "15 landings, hovering, or takeoffs reported and 1 entity observed."
The most interesting UFO reports do not necessarily come from high reporting states - but those states with higher numbers do account for some of the most interesting evidence to study. While UFO sightings seem to pop up randomly around the country, this list is meant to offer a small insight into where Americans are filing reports.