Weird Hole-Punch Cloud Today

Since the beginning of flight school I have been a little bit of a weather nerd and so as soon as I saw this weather phenomenon from my backyard today I had to run back inside and get the camera, hopefully you’ll agree that this is one cool cloud.


I initially reached for Jeppesen Aviation Weather by Peter Lester and couldn’t find anything about such a phenomenon although I have since learned, after sharing these images with pilots at Microsoft as well as many that I know from the Civil Air Patrol and USAF, that this is known as a Hole-Punch Cloud.


30 minutes after these pictures we’re taken the phenomenon had disappeared.