Michiganders – Did You See The Holes in the Clouds Yesterday?
No, you weren't imagining them and no, you weren't the only one who saw them.
A strange weather phenomenon gripped the southern half of Michigan yesterday, with people posting pictures all over social media - what were those "holes" in the clouds?
According to Mid-Michigan Now Meteorologist Ahmad Baijey, they're called Fallstreak holes, or hole-punch clouds.
According to weather.gov, "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."
"Once the ice crystals are introduced, the water droplet quickly freeze, grow and start to fall. A hole is left behind, which will start to expand outward as neighboring droplets start to freeze."
Other social media users even caught rainbows forming inside the holes.
Big thanks to Ahmad Baijey for clearing this up! If you're not a weather geek already, you should try it on for size. Weather is cool.
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