It's a bird! It's a plane! It's… a fallstreak hole?
 Baw Baw News  

By // 23:24, Monday 3 November 2014

Byron An Martha

ANYONE not stuck in a building or glued to a smartphone today might have noticed a strange shape in the sky which was seen across a large section of west and central Gippsland.

Above: Testify, testify, kick a hole right in the sky... A picture of the fallstreak hole cloud formation over Waterford Rise, kindly supplied by Byron An Martha.

A number of locals reported and photographed a fallstreak hole, also known as a skypunch among other names, which is a gap which appears in certain cloud types.

The formations are rare and scientists have established a link with aircraft movements.


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Fallstreak holes occur when the temperature of water in clouds is below zero but ice has not formed. As ice crystals form, water around the crystals evaporates and leaves a large hole.

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One response to “It's a bird! It's a plane! It's… a fallstreak hole?”

  1. adam jamon says:

    Simply amazing. Mother nature blows me away..