Australia Residents Snapped Photos Of A Rare, Rainbow-Filled Cloud Phenomenon
November 12, 2014
Residents of Wonthaggi, Australia, were taken off guard after seeing a rare phenomenon in the sky.
Credit: LEESA WILLMOTT, AP
This is a "hole punch" cloud, also known as a fallstreak hole cloud.
According to National Geographic, "Clouds are made of water droplets, and hole punch clouds occur when part of that cloud falls out, leaving behind a hole. That opening in the cloud is the result of an extremely localized snowfall."
The refraction of sunlight by the snow's ice crystals results in the rainbow.
Pretty cool, huh?
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