Bizarre cloud spotted above seaside town, freaks everyone out

On Monday at approximately 1 p.m., something strange happened in the small, seaside town of Wonthaggi. A resident by the name of Carol spotted an unidentified rainbow object in the sky.

Was it a doorway into another realm? Had the aliens finally arrived? Wonthaggi, 132 kilometres out of Melbourne, knew it must have a purpose — was this it?

Carol did what many residents would have done: she called radio station 3AW in a cry for help. By this stage, the town was in a panic, posting photos of various sightings on Twitter, begging for answers. It felt like it may be the final communication before the world reached its colourful end.


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Rapture’s here, folks. RT @3AW693 Some weird rainbow/cloud action going on in Wonthaggi right — M McKenzie-Murray (@feed_the_chooks)November 3, 2014

Fear not, humankind. Michael Efron from the Bureau of Meteorology saved the day.

“It looks like a fallstreak cloud, also known as a punch hole cloud,” he told Fairfax Media.

“They form when the water temperature in the cloud is below freezing, but the water has not yet frozen due to a lack of ice nucleation particles. In this case, when the water does start to freeze, it falls down to the surface … so you’re left with this cloud surrounding it, this clear area.”

As you were, everyone.

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