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13 March 2015

Fall Streaks On GOES Imagery

  Fall streaks are an amazing phenomena and when they happen, we meteorologists get inundated with calls from the public. We usually miss the calls because we are all out taking pics of them, and rarely conditions can be just right to see a lot of them. ┬áThis happened in West Virginia/Kentucky yesterday, and they were clearly visible in the visible GOES Satellite images as well. You can see them …


4 December 2014

Hole Punch Clouds Over Maryland (Updated with new info.)

This “Hole Punch Cloud” was spotted over Somerset County Maryland today, and the technical name meteorologists use is “Fall Streak Hole”. They are rather rare, and happen when super-cooled water in a cloud suddenly freezes. The freezing can be started by the introduction of some ice crystals and then the super-cooled water freezes, and falls out as ice crystals. Liquid water at temperatures well below freezing is actually fairly common …