What's with the funky looking cloud over Covington?

Hole Punch cloud over Covington (Photo: Zach Parkin)

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

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