MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- A surreal sight popped up over the foothills as a big hole appeared in cloud deck midday Thursday.
The "rip" in the clouds is actually called a "Hole Punch" cloud, or some call it a "Fall streak cloud.
It's a pretty simple explanation: They're caused by the airplanes.
When a plane either ascends or descends through that particular type of cloud, it creates a hole in the cloud.
The clouds are made from super-cooled water droplets that freeze and "fall" out of the cloud when the plane passes through