Washington Ranks Second Nationally in UFO Sightings, With Many in Yelm and Rainier


While one of the most famous shows based in Washington state is “Fraiser” — a Seattle-based comedy about psychiatrist Fraiser Crane — perhaps it should have been the “X-Files” instead.

According to Satellite Internet, Washington is the second-most active state regarding UFO sightings. There have been 90 reported UFO sightings per 100,000 residents in Washington, second only to Vermont, with 92 sightings per 100,000 people.

A UFO, or unidentified flying object, refers to any object or phenomenon observed in the sky that cannot be readily identified as a known aircraft, natural phenomenon or man-made object.

One of the most famous early UFO sightings was made in Washington in 1947. Kenneth Arnold was flying from Chehalis when he reported seeing nine shiny objects flying past Mount Rainier at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour near Mineral.

Things have not slowed down in the Evergreen State since. The National UFO Reporting Center has had 6,812 reports of UFOs in the state since the 1940s. NUFORC has been around since 1974, and the Federal Aviation Administration recommends people report UFOs to them.

Dating back to the 1950s, 32 sightings have been reported in Yelm. The most recent came on Jan. 28 when 20 triangular crafts were reported hovering in the sky.

On Nov. 14, 2021 in Yelm, a low-flying circle was reportedly flying silently with one silver-clad human shape seen in the craft in a red chair with a door opening and closing.

In 2018, it was reported that the sky lit up orange, and then an orange sphere descended, stopped for 45 seconds and moved out of sight. In 2001, a U.S. Air Force pilot on the ground reported an orange object hovering and moving above Yelm. 

Other UFO reports in Yelm included large balls of light forming triangles, long strings of lights and triangular crafts.

Residents in Rainier also reported a bright, hazy, orange, round, floating object.

UFOs have recently made headlines as military aircraft footage showed craft moving in ways impossible by even the most advanced human-made aircraft. In the spring of this year, the Pentagon said it was looking into a rising number of UFO cases and was tracking 650 cases.

However, it said there was no credible evidence of extraterrestrial activity.

It isn’t the first time the U.S. military has officially looked into UFOs. From 1952 to 1969, the U.S. Air Force operated Project Blue Book, where it looked into 12,618 reports, and over 700 remain unexplained.

You can find more information on the National UFO Reporting Center at https://nuforc.org/ and even file a report if you see something strange in the sky.