Mashable reports it all started when one resident called Carol called the 3AW, the local radio station to report the weird occurrence. In no time, the entire village had rushed outside to snap away and share pics of the presumably apocalyptic cloud.
Some weird rainbow/cloud action going on in Wonthaggi right now. (Pic via listener Carol) pic.twitter.com/rBHBrbiRoF— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) November 3, 2014
While everyone expected aliens to descend upon them or fire and brimstone to rain down from the sky, fears were quickly stemmed when Michael Efron from the Bureau of Meterology explained that it was only a good ol' fallstreak cloud aka a punch hole cloud (nope, never heard of 'em either).
Apparently they form when the temperature of the water in the cloud is below freezing point, but it hasn't frozen yet.
We still don't understand, but can quite confidently confirm that we would also be pretty damn freaked out if we spotted that over Cape Town.
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