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Strange cloud near Kamloops confounds locals, stumps expert

(via Tyler J Smith/Twitter)

More than a couple people having lunch today spotted something odd in the sky.

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No! It was fluffier.

Was it Superman? Also no. He's fictitious.

The strange cloud baffled people on social media, with theories ranging from the logical (some sort of funnel cloud) to the absurd (someone guessed, probably sarcastically, that we'd been nuked).

Philippe-Alain Bergeron, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, was also uncertain of the strange cloud. After examining photos shared on Twitter, he did confirm it wasn't a funnel cloud (like a tornado or water spout).

"The organization of the cloud is not right for a funnel cloud," he tells KamloopsMatters. "It's coincidental that it looks like a funnel."

He adds that it looked like it could be smoke from a fire. However, the B.C. Wildfire Service is not reporting any large fires in the direction of the cloud.

Therefore, Bergeron says it could be water rising from off the land. If precipitation had fallen in a location and then was warmed quickly by the heat of the day, he says clouds similar to this can form, but there were two issues with the idea. One is that it typically wouldn't appear so concentrated and, two, is there weren't any reports of significant rainfall in the area.

However, he says it's still possible.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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