The National UFO ALERT Rating System has been updated for March 2014, with California, Florida, Texas, and New York moving to a UFO Alert 3 as the highest reporting states with 25 or more cases during the month of February 2014, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in February with 59 cases, down from 102 January cases. Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include: Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington, Georgia, and New Jersey.
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 North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and Oregon.
MUFON released February statistics March 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 59 cases; Florida, 39; Texas, 29; and New York, 26.
Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: Arizona, 21; Pennsylvania, 17; Michigan, 16; Washington, 16; Georgia, 15; and New Jersey, 13.
Our Watch States this month are - with 10 reports or more: North Carolina, 12; Ohio, 11; Illinois, 11; and Oregon, 10.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 91 cases; down from 240 January cases and 141 December cases. Other shape reports include: Other, 60; Circle, 59; Disc, 52; Unknown, 51; Star-like, 46; Triangle, 45; Oval, 31; Fireball, 26; Cigar, 14; N/A, 10; Boomerang, 9; Flash, 8; Cylinder, 8; Saturn-like, 6; Egg, 5; Bullet/Missile, 5; Diamond, 4; Teardrop, 4; Blimp, 3; Cone, 2; and Cross, 2.
The object's distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 82 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 85 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 120 cases; over one mile, 120 cases; unknown, 145; and no value stated, 12.
In addition, there were "21 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.