Oceans

Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

The stern of the El Faro is shown on the ocean floor taken from an underwater video camera on November 1, 2015. (Courtesy National Transportation Safety Board/Handout)

The stern of the El Faro is shown on the ocean floor taken from an underwater video camera on November 1, 2015. (Courtesy National Transportation Safety Board/Handout)

Strange clouds forming above the Bermuda Triangle could explain why dozens of ships and planes have mysteriously vanished in the notorious patch of sea.

The remarkable new theory suggests the clouds are linked to 170mph “air bombs” – capable of bringing down planes and ships.

Now the riddle could finally be solved after meteorologists speaking to the Science Channel’s What on Earth revealed their findings.

Using radar satellite imagery, they discovered bizarre “hexagonal” shaped clouds between 20 and 50 miles wide forming over the dodgy patch of water.

Meterologist Dr Randy Cerveny said: “The satellite imagery is really bizarre, with the hexagonal shapes of the cloud formations.

“These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs," he added. "They’re formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of the cloud and then hit the ocean."

They blasts of air are so powerful they can reach 170mph – a hurricane-like force easily capable of sinking ships and downing planes.

For centuries the notorious Bermuda Triangle has been linked with a high number of unexplained disappearances of aircraft and ships in its waters.

Located between Miami, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda, the reasons behind their loss have baffled researchers for decades.

This story first appeared on the Sun.