Look! It's a bird. It’s a plane. No, it's a UFO-shaped cloud?
The spaceship-looking cloud spotted in the GTA Wednesday afternoon was really just a large cumulonimbus cloud producing a thunderstorm of frequent lightning and torrential rain over the Niagara region.
So what gave it this spaceship-looking appearance?
Cloud tops on this thunderstorm, or aircraft, reached between 40, 000 to 50, 000 feet. This is also where the layer of the tropopause is in the atmosphere.
When clouds reach this level, they are no longer able to rise further and begin to spread out in this wide-flat looking shape. This part of the cloud is known as the anvil.
Anvils can spread hundreds of kilometers in width which allows viewers from far away to capture the panoramic shot of these spectacular looking clouds.
— Nathan Howes TWN (@HowesNathan) June 22, 2022
Thumbnail Credit: Nathan Howes, The Weather Network