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Punch Hole Clouds?

3 Punch Hole Clouds in the Same Spot



Considered a mystery for many years, punch hole clouds appear on rare occasions all over the world, sometimes attracting widespread attention, e.g., the famous Moscow UFO cloud of 2009. Recently meteorologists have penetrated the mystery: punch holes form when airplanes fly through thin layers of high altitude clouds. If water droplets in the cloud are supercooled (below freezing but still liquid), they can suddenly turn to snow when shocked by the passage of the plane. This mini-snowstorm occurs over a circular area much wider than the airplane itself.

Not all flights through banks of clouds will produce snow. According to Wired Magazine, only about 7.8 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with clouds at the right elevation for supercooled droplets to form. Because jet aircraft don’t generally cruise at those altitudes, they may only form hole-punch clouds when they take off or land.



The apparition of three rare cloud-holes in one small area suggests a busy airspace around Myrtle Beach. Indeed, the Myrtle Beach International Airport is just miles from where the photo was taken. Or maybe punch hole clouds are a bit of a mystery after all.

And IF you thought that punch hole clouds was just a one time occurrence, Austin, Texas captured one:

Pretty cool, eh? Have you ever seen one of these in your area of the world? Let me know.

Punch Hole Clouds …. as the green future unfolds.

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6 Responses to “Punch Hole Clouds?”

  1. Vera Says:

    I have never seen punch hole clouds, and I like looking up at clouds. If I see one, I’d be sure to let you know!

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Vera … Great! I look forward to it…. 😀

  3. Kimmy Says:

    I have seen these before NW of Chicago, Illinois. I never knew what they were. I once saw “Three Suns.. with a rainbow circling around each sun” I thought Heaven opened up, but this “miracle” had several different nicknames, and happened due to freezing rain above the clouds.

    Did this happen when we were children?

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Kimmy …. If It did, we were not aware of how it happened. I believe we will see more with the air traffic we have and the weather changing as it is.

  5. Jameson W | Spirits Online Says:

    i live near philly and have seen these holes in the clouds twice, once over springfield (two pretty close to eachother) and once over the limerick area. this could be “flying discs,” or maybe its something from earth “shooting” up, or something from space “shooting” down. perhaps reconnaissance satellites which can punch a hole in clouds so as to see what is below? or it could be the result of natural plasma-discharge phemonomea (norway spiral), which is probably the worst-case possibility…i don’t know what they are but for those who think they are “natural” or “normal”…nothing i can say to you…this is either natural electric phenomena (but probably not a good sign if it is), or tech-made.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Jameson … It certainly is a combination of natural phenomena and weather . Although other ideas as you have suggested cannot be ruled out. 😀

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