There was a rare holy sky in California

The Daily Mail and other sensational media sites are associating this hole in the clouds with a UFO but… it’s a hole in the clouds, unique but not mysterious. Will this type of media EVER just Google to find a reasonable answer? DON’T ANSWER. I’ll just get depressed.

What is This Weird Thing in the Sky Above Stockton?

At first glance, it looks like some kind of portal into another dimension – but it’s just a “hole punch cloud.”

A hole punch cloud is when moisture in a cloud is at a temperature that’s below freezing, but the moisture itself isn’t actually frozen.

The scientific term is “fallstreak hole.”

Weather experts say a domino effect with ice crystals punches a hole in a cloud – usually a cirrocumulus or altocumulus.

Photo credit: Jamison Mitchell

Photo credit: Jamison Mitchell

Just searching for “punch cloud” images gives you dozens of even weirder occurrences than this one. Many people, given the meteorological explanation, simply refuse to belief it can be so amazing but so simple and natural. Nature is weird. There is no excuse to grab eyeballs by speculating and promoting something otherworldly, like a portal or UFO path. That’s an insult to the lovely worldly stuff we have here. Enjoy.

  5 comments for “There was a rare holy sky in California

  1. Pangs
    May 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Clouds are the new aliens.

  2. Woody
    May 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM
    I invite readers to check out this address.
    It is Lance Moody’s blog and the latest post shows a picture of a densely packed lenticular cloud, a type of cloud which has been shown to sometimes take a very smooth, defined shape that anyone passing and looking at would get the impression of a very ‘flying saucer’ type object.
    I don’t know either how many times these unique but completely natural shapes must be shown before an awful lot of people stop leaping to ‘magic’ or visiting alien spacecraft or whatever.

    All the best folks,

  3. Rocky Mac
    May 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Sadly, the UFO industry supporters rely on these types of anomalies to “prove” their makeshift theories, which will make for them a good buck in the form of merchandising or overpriced speaking engagements every single time. For example, here in Mexico, we have Jaime Maussan, once a mediocre TV journalist turned into a “new age UFOlogist”, who started with the usual stuff that ranged from Billy Meier to the Roswell incident; now, after almost two decades of grinding on the same old theories plus some picked up along the way, he has become an international “paranormal expert” with a business enterprise called “T3rcer Milenio.TV, Converging Media” that includes a 2 hour weekly TV show (with at least 45 minutes of paid advertising – infomercial style – segments plus the station’s regular commercial breaks), a website that offers “premium memberships”, an online shop and the obligatory “social media” community of “Skywatchers”. To say that exploiting the otherworldly wonders has become a good deal for him would be an understatement.

    With all that in place, nowadays he just needs a photograph/video of something in the sky like this, a shadowy blur on an unidentified background or a “no matter how blatantly faked/doctored” image to keep his circus on the move, the “event” itself takes the backseat as just another motif on his convoluted tapestry of “the unknown”… The real tragedy here is that, as it has been with most (if not all) “professional” paranormal advocates throughout history, their lust for admiration and greed for the easy money depend on smothering the critical thinking by obfuscating everything that could be considered logical and/or factual. I guess that after all, the truth is out there… And inside their pockets.

    On a different note, great blog, keep the good work.

  4. H.K. Fauskanger
    May 13, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Above the clouds the sky is always blue!

  5. Bill T.
    May 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    I have no idea what it is, I have limitless confidence in my infallibility, therefore it’s a UFO, case closed.

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