Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
A NASA satellite captured this image of the holes and canals cut through cloud cover over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas on January 29, 2007.…Read More »
This strange phenomenon resulted from a combination of cold temperatures, air traffic, and perhaps unusual atmospheric stability, according to NASA. Less «
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Clouds Louisiana Style
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
On Jan. 29, 2007, inhabitants of Acadiana, in southern Louisiana, saw unusual looking cloud formations called hole punch clouds. This strange phenomenon…Read More »
resulted from a combination of cold temperatures, air traffic, and perhaps unusual atmospheric stability, according to NASA Earth Observatory. Less «
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An Airplane's Fingerprint
Andrew Heymsfield of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and colleagues first documented a connection between these strange clouds and air traffic.…Read More »
In 2007, they flew a research plane through snow created after an airplane cut through clouds above Colorado. Less «
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Credit: Alan Sealls, chief meteorologist, WKRG-TV
An airplane can cause rain or snow to fall in its wake. This may reach the ground or evaporate on the way down.
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Credit: Rob Simmon using Landsat 5 data from the USGS Global Visualization Viewer.
If residents of rural West Virginia were to have looked up into the sky Dec. 11, 2009, they would have seen a halo of light bursting through the thin bank…Read More »
of clouds that hung overhead. The light was streaming through hole-punch clouds and canals, most likely created by passing airplanes. The strange cloud phenomenon was captured that day by NASA's Landsat-5 satellite. Less «
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Wynne was a reporter at The Stamford Advocate. She has interned at Discover magazine and has freelanced for The New York Times and Scientific American's web site. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Utah.