What is a “Skypunch”?

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. Freakishly weird!

Seen here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/rhneg/289804177747974/?ref=notif&notif_t=group_activity#!/photo.php?fbid=167910193273583&set=a.166241240107145.44545.100001638118052&type=1&theater

~ Mike Dammann