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Press Release 10-097

Mysterious Clouds Produced When Aircraft Inadvertently Cause Rain or Snow

Jets, turboprops leave behind odd-shaped holes or channels in the clouds

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Jets and turboprop aircraft leave unusually shaped clouds in their wakes.

Jets and turboprop aircraft leave unusually shaped clouds in their wakes.

Credit: Alan Sealls


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Above Alabama, hole-punch clouds dot the sky.

Above Alabama, hole-punch clouds dot the sky.

Credit: NASA


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Hole-punch clouds seem to touch a streetlight in Washington State.

Hole-punch clouds seem to touch a streetlight in Washington State.

Credit: NOAA


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Clouds in the shape of hole-punches in the skies above Wisconsin.

Clouds in the shape of hole-punches in the skies above Wisconsin.

Credit: NOAA/Samantha Weise


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Hole-punch clouds appear over Norfolk, Va., with aircraft contrails leading from them.

Hole-punch clouds appear over Norfolk, Va., with aircraft contrails leading from them.

Credit: NASA


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