posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:52 PM
reply to post by SubPop79
While it does resemble a punch hole, that doesn't necessarily have to be what it is you're seeing. Although it may be. I'd first ask if you live
near an airport or similar facility. If you do, then it could be routine air traffic.
What you're seeing could also be the result of temperature differentials in the air. Often times the high cirrus clouds will have gaps and holes
where there may be a temperature difference of some type. That may explain the holes, especially considering how there are other holes on the top
right of the image as well.
The clouds here in SC looked similar to that today, and on the bottom you can see evaporating precipitation that looks like snow that disappears,
similar to the ones in your picture. What leads me to believe that what you're seeing is in fact not punch hole or fall streak clouds is the fact
that there doesn't appear to be a nucleus in the center of the hole. Typically a hole punch cloud has a nucleus in the center that's surrounded by a
ring of clearing, and then the clouds tend to resume.
If there were a meteorite entering the atmosphere that was capable of causing a hole punch like that, I'd imagine that you would have seen the actual
fireball or had reports of such an event. And, I'd imagine that it'd be a sizable object or moving at an extremely high rate of speed as it passed
the clouds. Otherwise, a small rock most likely wouldn't cause such a massive disturbance.