Photo taken in Krzyz Wielkopolski and shared on social media made a great impression on users. 8,000 reactions, over 550 comments and over 730 shares. In the comments, we can read, among others (original spelling) “Wonderful and terrible at the same time”, “Like a hand scraping the earth!”, “God’s hand”, “Scary for me ..” or “It looks like a bear’s claw. It makes an impression”.
Some of them also posted photos or recordings of this unusual cloud in the comments. It must be admitted, however, that this shot is most impressive – the author managed to capture the cloud from this more interesting side. The rays of the setting sun were also helpful, as they fell on the cloud and intensified the sinister impression.
All indicates that it is an exceptionally interesting shelf cloud, otherwise known as the squall, which appeared several times in articles on Geekweek. The characteristic wedge under the mother cloud is the so-called arcus cloud or Cumulonimbus Arcus (Cb arc). It arises as a result of cool air descending on one side and warm air rising on the other.
Squall shaft may herald extremely strong squall windswhich cause enormous damage, an example of which was the disaster in Masuria in 2007, when at least 40 yachts and boats were capsized and 12 people died. The wind speed then exceeded 130 km / h.
For the same reason we see a face on a Martian hill, the shape of an elephant in a rock, or a smiling / sad face in a colon and parentheses. Science puts a term on it pareidolia, or the phenomenon of looking for known shapes in random objects. For this reason, at the very beginning I mentioned that the incident light of the setting sun and the particular shot were of great importance here. Other shots visible in the comments, while also impressive, are less distinctive.
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From time to time in the media there is information about “God’s Hands” in different parts of the world. In 2017, such a phenomenon could be observed by the inhabitants of Teixeira de Freitas in the east of Brazil. Meteorologists quickly explained that it was smoke from a nearby factory that had formed into the correct shape. Then it was also lit by the rays of the setting sun.-
In 2016, 30-year-old Louise Taylor took a photo with her iPhone of an unusual cloud in Scotland.
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