Many in New Jersey Stunned By Ominous Yet Beautiful Cloud Formation
Mother nature is something else.
It's crazy how we pay for dozens of streaming services when there are so many free shows in the sky.
Brian Meierdiercks snapped this unbelievable shot and posted it on the New Jersey Nature Lovers Facebook page.
This cloud formation was spotted Saturday around sunset in Morristown.
Brian, like I would have done asked everyone in the group "what the heck is this?"
I'm not going to lie, this is the first thing that came to mind.
Of course, it wasn't supernatural. Or was it?
Many on the page were speculating.
A UFO looking for a parking space.
A portal to another dimension.
Rob was on to something:
It's cloaking the mother ship. We will join the ship today at 4 pm. All are welcome to come with us. We offer eternal life and nacho cheese.
Tammy wasn't wrong in saying:
It's Jersey.... no other explanation is needed.
Nope. Luckily, a bunch of folks way smarter than me was able to explain.
That cloud formation is what you call a Fallstreak hole.
What is a Fallstreak hole?
After doing some homework on weather.gov, a fallstreak hole or hole punch cloud is a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds.
I probably should've paid more attention in science class.
Are you still with me? Weather.gov continued with how this phenomenon forms.
High to mid-level clouds, such as altocumulus, are often composed of tiny water droplets that are much colder than freezing but have yet to freeze. These "supercooled" water droplets need a "reason" to freeze, which usually comes in the form of ice crystals. Planes passing through the cloud layer can bring these ice crystals.
Pretty cool, right?
All of those factors have to come together just right for this amazing sight. Awesome.
From Fallstreak holes in Jersey to...volcanos?