The Skypunch

Weather really is a beautiful thing. I think one of the most beautiful and underrated meteorological items is the cloud. It’s simple and everyone knows what it is, but then again it is not. There are many different types of clouds from the white puffy cumulus clouds, to the scary cumulonimbus storm clouds. But one cloud I found to be very interesting was the skypunch. A skypunch is a meteorological phenomena that happens when ice crystals form above high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, which then punches a hole in the cloud cover. There are many different names for this phenomena including fall streak hole, hole punch cloud, and canal cloud. Because of the rarity of this cloud, many people often blame unidentified flying objects, or UFOs for the skypunch. But no worries, it’s not an attack from other planets, it’s just another amazing sight caused by weather.

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