Is the sky falling? No, it's just a "hole-punch" cloud

3 years 6 months 2 days ago Thursday, February 18 2016 Feb 18, 2016 Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:46:00 AM CST February 18, 2016 in Weather
By: Tori Stepanek, KOMU 8 Meteorologist and Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
loading

COLUMBIA - We have received many messages from viewers about a weird hole in the clouds over mid-Missouri Thursday.

Don't worry: The aliens haven't invaded, and the sky isn't falling!

These fallstreak holes or "hole-punch" clouds have been forming in the altocumulus clouds that we've seen all over mid-Missouri.

These altocumulus clouds are composed primarily of super-cooled water droplets (below freezing, but still in liquid form). Once the ice crystals in the cloud start to grow and fall, the water droplets around them evaporate, leaving a "hole" in the clouds.

Hole-punch clouds can also be formed when an airplane passes through this mixed type of cloud layer.

"They are usually seen during the spring or winter, and can be found all over the world," KOMU 8 Meteorologist Tori Stepanek said.

We appreciate all of our viewers' photos. Check out some of the pictures sent in via Facebook.

For a little more information, check out KOMU 8 Weathercaster Kenton Gewecke's Facebook video.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - All units have left the scene. Earlier, CPD confirmed two men wearing body armor walked into the... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:54:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday sued Missouri's top election official, alleging his actions and state laws denied... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:02:58 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MU is offering grief counseling to any student, faculty or staff member after a student died on Wednesday.... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 3:31:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri and several other states across the country are combating a shortage of veterinarians who are qualified to... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:30:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After 10 years of MU enrollment hitting historic highs to major drops, downtown businesses have learned to adapt.... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 1:41:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Prosecutors filed a charge of making a terrorist threat against a man police arrested for his social... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:43:00 AM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A former teacher who worked at the school districts in Fulton and Ashland pleaded guilty in a child... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:14:00 AM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The MU Police Department responded to a call at around 4 p.m. Wednesday about an unresponsive male... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:05:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - A motorcycle pursuit has Morgan County deputies and Eldon Police looking for a subject. The pursuit... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 9:57:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
OSAGE BEACH - An outside education service vendor used by multiple school districts across the state announced it had a... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:51:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
Farmers in southern Boone County are working together to repair a levee that broke after floods in June. The levee... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:23:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
VIENNA - The Maries County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate a house fire that they say someone intentionally started... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:59:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Students at Columbia College moved into a brand new residence hall Wednesday, the first housing structure built on... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:47:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
PRAIRIE HOME - The USDA released a weekly crop progress report Monday showing an incline in crop yield, but a... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
FULTON -- The Callaway County Humane Society is hoping to see additional funds from the county in its 2020 budget.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:42:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Mike Parson issued a proclamation Wednesday ordering the state legislature to convene in a special session. ... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:44:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
FULTON, Mo. - Fulton Police Department said it arrested a man attempting to flee a scene involving firearms. Authorities... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:05:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
School is starting back up again, but reading might not be the first thing on a child’s mind. A workshop... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:50:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
7pm 78°
8pm 76°
9pm 73°
10pm 72°