The controversial flying saucers of California’s Mount Shasta continue to spark speculation on their origin. Meteorologists in the 20th century discovered that the saucers were actually manufactured on-site, thousands of feet in the air, with ultralight substances — air and water vapor.
The manufacturing site is Shasta’s apex, where the air current manufacturing component rises over one sloped surface and descends over the opposite, assuming a lens-shaped, or lenticular, form forged from the bonding of moving air with moisture.
Dr. Dave Dempsey, meteorologist with the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences , sketches out a process wherein air forced upward by the blocking expanse of Shasta’s high ground hovers atop the peak, owing to the fact that upon its ascendancy of the summit, the current finds similar quantities of water vapor around the opposite face of high ground — a stable, or balanced, circumstance most common during the cold months, when heating of the earth causes continual rising of air.
Red sunset color reflected on the Shasta clouds creates dynamic tales of UFOs for observers unfamiliar with the physics of air and water vapor — and high ground.