The summer months of June to October are considered to be Mexico’s Gulf Coast hurricane season. During this time, Mexicans and visitors must be mindful of the possibility of strong winds, property damage, and overall destructive forces of nature. However, hurricanes in this area have not hit landfall in almost sixty years. According to The Guardian, “a group of stargazers in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas,” also known as the Aicot, are convinced that a two-dimensions underwater extraterrestrial base of protected the coastal city of Ciudad Madero and Tampico from natural disasters, such as hurricanes, for over than 50 years.
The President of the Aicot people, Juan Carlos Ramón López Díaz, is said to have visited the base, also called Ampuac, through a technique of astral projection. He was able to induce the visit through a pescatarian diet and meditation. López also states one should climb “ancestral constructions” or locations that have stairs or hills containing 45-degree angles.
In the 1900s, Mexico’s Gulf Coast had four hurricanes that made direct landfall killing nearly eighty people from just Hurricane Inez alone. López and his followers believe that the underwater base was created after these devastating events. Reasoning as to how and why the area is being protected is certainly up for discussion.
López believes it is the collective belief in the extraterrestrial idea that “creates a repulsion” against hurricanes. Others believe there is a magnetic force of conductive metals such as aluminum and iron buried under the seafloor. However, another theory states that the aliens are simply concerned with protecting their base and Ciudad Madero is merely lucky that they stand above it.
Since there are no scientific explanations for the repulsion of natural disasters, the people have turned to magic as their reasoning. Jaime Maussan, Mexico’s head historian of supernatural occurrences and UFO sightings accepted the notion that southern Tamaulipas was a center of unexplained and baffling activities and stated their theory as to why the area has not been struck as “curious.” However, Dr. Rosario Romero, climate scientist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has a more scientific explanation as a possibility. Dr. Romero states that “broader atmospheric conditions such as subtropical, high-pressure systems and the prevailing westerly winds – tend to push major hurricanes north toward the southern coast of the United States,” which is why the Tamaulipas are not seeing such high hurricane activity.
Dr. Romero also stated that just because a lack of hurricane landfall has been present in recent years does not mean this streak will last. She mentioned storms as these often take unexpected turns and the Gulf Coast should remain vigilant and still take hurricane precautions seriously. Advanced monitoring devices and technology have been placed at the location to try to track and predict a storm’s “intensity and path” but may not be entirely accurate due to the changing atmospheric conditions.
Though scientific explanations are increasing in possible reasonings for the lack of hurricane landfalls, many Mexicans still have religious understandings in regards to the weather’s anomaly and believe in the Gods and extraterrestrial life is the reason for the luck. The people of Ciudad Madero celebrate “The Day of the Martian” on the last Tuesday of October to celebrate what they believe is the reason for their safety throughout the hurricane season. Though this celebration was created by a television station in 2013, it remains a holiday the town loves and continues to celebrate.