Water — smaller than a drop.




In the accounts presented here, there are several observed atmospheric conditions that appear similar and in some cases, they are mentioned as if they were equivalent in meaning.

    Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, is quoted as saying: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. Insensibly, one begins to twist the facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. It biases the judgment.”

    Many eyewitness accounts of UFOs contain terms for various observable conditions often associated with the weather. However, in the cases presented here, it is often not the weather which is responsible for what the witness observes. In some cases, it may be the result of the UFO’s hot, ionized field coming into contact with water, causing it to turn to steam. In non-water-related cases, what the witness notices could be a UFO’s partially visible field in an early morning or twilight period, and the witness might unwittingly describe this using a weather-related term. Due to the fact that different conditions affect visibility, a person’s perception of distance may be altered between him/her and the nearest observable reference point, such as a tree, a house, etc. In most UFO cases, distances are probably one of the last things that one thinks of in the excitement of the moment. Words such as cloud, fog, haze, smoke, steam, and vapor could be used interchangeably in the texts of the following reports, since witnesses may refer to them as if they were the same. Consequently, it is necessary to remember the relationship of the following definitions:

cloud - 1. A visible mass of condensed water vapor suspended in the atmosphere, consisting of minute droplets or ice crystals. 2. A mass of smoke, dust, steam, etc.

fog – Condensed watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface.

haze – 1. Very fine suspended particles in the air, often with little or no moisture. 2. A thin vapor of fog, smoke, dust, etc. in the air that reduces visibility.

mist – 1. A large mass of water vapor at or just above the earth’s surface and like a fog, but less dense. 2. A cloud of dust, smoke, gas, etc.smoke – 1. The volatilized products of the combustion of an organic compound, as coal, wood, etc., charged with fine particles of carbon or soot; less properly, fumes, steam, etc. 2. Any vapor, fume, mist, etc. resembling smoke.

steam – 1. Water in the form of vapor. [#2 is of particular interest to us.] 2. The gas or vapor into which water is changed by boiling.

vapor – 1. Moisture in the air: especially, visible floating moisture, as light mist. 2. Any light, cloudy substance in the air, as smoke or fumes.

List of Reports




Column contents as indicated by the following letters
A - Date of sighting (MM-DD-YEAR)
B - Status column. Single letter or symbol. "C" Controversy, "D" Validity Doubtful, "E" Date Error, "H" Proven Hoax,
"M" Misidentification, "N" Not water-related but shown as such, "U" Unknown, "X" No UFO seen/Text not entered
C - Location of sighting
D - Source of this article.
E - The letter "O" in this column will indicate that the reference is the Original. The letter "S" will indicate that this is a

Secondary source. The letter "N" will indicate that the source is Needed.

F - Specific location of a constructed group of cases :
08-05-1608 Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), Nice, France See website in case S 00
02-13-1902 Atlantic Ocean off Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA Naugatuck Daily News, February 15, 1902 O 00
07-28-1904 The Mohican - Coast of Delaware, USA News clip- The Philadelphia Inquirer of August 01, 1904 O 00
04-03-1909 Estuary of L Aberwrach, France Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, April 04, 1909 O 00
09-01-1946 Along the coast of Ancona, Italy USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies S 00
09-14-1954 Several towns southwest of Paris, France Flying Saucers & the Straight-Line Mystery by A. Michel O 00
05-??-1965 Tasman Sea, near Sydney, NSW, Australia Australian Flying Saucer Review, No. 3, May 1965 O 00
12-09-1965 Lake Erie, Ohio & Pennsylvania, USA Canton Repository, Canton, Ohio, USA O 00
06-06-1966 Potato Lake near Stone Lake, Wisconsin, USA NICAP Investigation Files. Thanks to CUFOS O 00
06-23-1966 Menindee Lake in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia News clip: Barrier Truth, Broken Hill, N.S.W., Australia, 23 June 1966 O 00
06-24-1966 Mist/Vapor - Richmond, Virginia, USA UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, August 1966, p. 3 O 29
06-24-1967 Waters off Trenton, Maine, USA UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors by Raymond Fowler S 00
06-EE-1971 Hudsons Beach, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand MUFON UFO Journal, #278, June 1991, p. 13 O 00
10-05-1973 El Centro, California, USA Website: On This Day O 00
09-01-1974 Raining Farm near Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada Website: URL in text S 04
02-07-1977 Vapor/Mist near Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK Website: On This Day February 7 O 00
05-02-1978 Central America, Escazu, Costa Rica NICAP Category 4 - Animal Effects Cases by Joan Woodward, 2009 S 15
08-27-1978 Cape Ann, Massachusetts, USA Casebook/UFO Investigator by R. Fowler, p. 77 O 00
10-21-1978 Bass Strait, between Australia & Tasmania Melbourne Episode by Richard Haines, pp. 157-160 S 00
05-24-1986 Victor Harbor, S. Australia National UFO Reporting Center (CUFON) #1601 S 00