This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.
Lightnings, hurricanes, tornados and supercells by storm chaser Camille Seaman
This Low Precipitation Supercell develops with tops climbing to 60,000 ft; the rotation was so great that it formed a beautiful swirling barber pole formation which rapidly transformed into a lovely mesocyclonic (rotating) cloud. WOW!
How do hurricanes form? With a spiral cut piece of paper and a lamp, you can model how hot air rises off the ocean to create a hurricane over warm water. This is a great way for kids to learn about extreme weather. || Gift of Curiosity
Make a hurricane in your kitchen! This extreme weather science activity will help kids learn about hurricanes, including how they form and how they move! || Gift of Curiosity - http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/make-a-hurricane-extreme-weather-science/