Fallstreak cloud

Example of a fallstreak cloud in Australia

A rare cloud which looked like a “portal in the sky” brought traffic to a halt on Sunday (NOV 2).

Leesa Willmott, 47, was driving with her daughter when the pair spotted the cloud, which is termed a fallstreak hole by meteorologists, in the sky above them.

She said: “It was a one-in-a-lifetime moment. I’d never seen anything like it. Cars stopped on the road because people couldn’t take their eyes off it.”

The bizarre, fractured formation was formed when an aircraft passed through cold airborne liquid, freezing it and causing a section of the cloud structure to sink.

Mrs Willmott, a dairy farmer, took the picture on Sunday (NOV 2) near her home in Wonthaggi in southeastern Australia.

She said: “I couldn’t tell you how big it was but you couldn’t take your eyes off of it. I took up your entire vision. It looked like a hole or portal.

“We stood at the side of the road and took pictures for a good 15 minutes before it dispersed with the rest of the clouds.

“We were then on our way through Kilcunda when we saw a second one had formed. It was about the same size as the first but didn’t have the rainbow coloring at the centre.”

Fallstreak holes have a long history of sparking reports of UFO sightings. Noteable examples include a formation which formed over northern California in May 2014.

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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