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Hi,

At my work place in Tallahassee, FL, I noticed this strange cloud occurrence that I have never seen before.  They looked like holes in the clouds.  There were two circles, that I could see.  (There are a lot of trees around, so its hard to see the rest of the sky.) I was wondering if this is normal, or if it is some sort of cloud phenomenon?

Thanks,
Bonnie

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Bonnie

They look like Punch clouds another name for Fallstreak holes:

http://tinyurl.com/punch-clouds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbklyTMwo3I

http://www.holepunchclouds.com/

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/hole-punch.html  

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