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Spooky cloud formation perfectly timed for Halloween

A rather unusual cloud formation was photographed by Sharon Shannon, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, south of Penticton.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Sharon Shannon

Sometimes something in nature is created by something other than nature.

Sharon Shannon of Penticton took this startling photograph of a cloud formation that appeared in the South Okanagan sky around 8:45 a.m. today, Oct. 31. The photo was taken on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail below Kaleden.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says the photo appears to be of a "hole punch" cloud through altocumulus or cirrocumulus clouds, likely made by an airplane.

“I’ve seen it before,” he says.

EarthSky.org says people sometimes report them as UFOs.

Aircraft passing through these cloud layers can trigger the formation of the heavier ice crystals, which fall to Earth and then leave the circular void in the blanket of clouds.


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