lillian mendes

Lillian Mendes sent in a very cool shot of a “Hole Punch Cloud” from Palomino Valley. These are created when a jet flies through a thick cirrus layer of clouds, usually when taking off (likely this particular jet took off from the Reno/Tahoe Airport). As it “punches through,” particulates from the jet’s exhaust cause some of the supersaturated moisture in the cirrus layer to condense and drop out as light precipitation up there, only to evaporate within a couple of thousand feet on the way down. It leaves behind this eerie, almost otherworldly looking cloud formation. It’s very cool!