The National UFO ALERT Rating System has been updated for September 2013, with California, Florida, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Washington and Illinois moving to a UFO Alert 3 as the highest reporting states during the month of August 2013, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in August with 97 cases, up from 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: North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Colorado, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Georgia and Wisconsin.
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 Oregon, Maryland and New Mexico.
MUFON released August statistics September 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 97 cases; Florida, 63; New York, 58; Michigan, 54; Pennsylvania, 39; Ohio, 28; Texas, 28; Washington, 27; and Illinois, 25.
Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: New Carolina, 23; Indiana, 22; Arizona, 19; Missouri, 18; Tennessee, 18; Massachusetts, 17; Colorado, 17; New Jersey, 15; Oklahoma, 14; Georgia, 13; and Wisconsin, 13.
Our Watch States this month are - with 10 reports or more: Oregon, 11; Maryland, 10; and New Mexico, 10.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 282 August reports, up from 269 July reports, 240 June reports, up from 187 May reports, 144 April reports, 124 March reports; 124 February reports; and 172 January reports. Other shape reports include: Star-like, 193; Circle, 181; Unknown, 111; Fireball, 103; Other, 93; Oval, 91; Triangle, 91; Disc, 90; Flash, 45; Cylinder, 38; Diamond, 33; Cigar, 25; Egg, 23; Boomerang, 21; Bullet/Missile, 18; Blimp, 12; Teardrop, 12; Cone, 9; Saturn-like, 9; Chevron, 7; and Cross, 5.
The object's distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 92 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 101 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 221 cases; over one mile, 264 cases; unknown, 348; and no value stated, 20.
In addition, there were "25 landings, hovering, or takeoffs reported and 0 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.