Fall 'hole punch clouds' seen across the Bay Area

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Did you see it? There were several across our Bay Area sky Friday morning. It looked like somebody punched holes in the cloud deck. (KGO-TV)

Did you see it? There were several across our Bay Area sky Friday morning. It looked like somebody punched holes in the cloud deck.

PHOTOS: Is it a UFO? Hole punch clouds seen around the Bay Area


This cloud formation is called a fallstreak hole. We also call it a hole punch cloud.
Something, like a plane, travels through the cloud layer and disrupts the pressure and humidity within that layer. This causes the super-cooled water and ice crystals to evaporate and sublimate as they fall from the cloudy layer. This creates the brush-like streaks you see below it.


As the moisture falls it leaves dry air behind which produces the hole, and in some cases, an elliptical opening in the cloud deck.

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