A strange cloud formation has appeared over British Columbia twice in the last two days. Could we see it over Central New York?

The weird cloud formation appeared over parts of eastern Washington and northern Idaho where two distinct Fallstreak Hole clouds developed over southern British Columbia and continued south over the states. The first one was seen on Sunday morning and the second developed this morning.

Known as a Fallstreak Hole or "Hole Punch Cloud" the phenomena is a large circular or elliptical gap that can occur in clouds. Certain high level clouds often are composed of water droplets that are much colder than freezing  but have not frozen yet. As an airplane passes through these clouds it can trigger cloud droplets to freeze and eliminate the cloud leaving a hole behind.




Could we see a Fallstreak Hole over Central New York? Given the sub-zero temperatures lately and the amount of air traffic it is certainly a possibility.


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