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Beautiful Inland Northwest cloud formation continues to impress

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SPOKANE, Wash. - There's been renewed interest in an unusual and really pretty cloud formation Wednesday here in the Inland Northwest. A group of "punch hole clouds" formed to the east of Spokane just as the sun was rising. The last time something like this was documented in the area was in 2010. Here's what the National Weather Service had to say about it:

"In short, an aircraft traveled directly above or through the cloud layer.  It has been proven that it is not a result of anything the aircraft is emitting, instead it's the sudden and drastic decrease in pressure over the wing or propeller tip that initiates the process of  depleting the cloud and causing the liquid droplets to evaporate.  The result is the appearance of a hole that has been created with trailing ice crystals falling out beneath."

We heard from dozens of people who were thrilled with the cloud formation. Check out some of the pictures they sent us.


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