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Weird Photos (3): Jet cuts line through Auckland cloud

For the many people that live near our biggest airports from time to time a passenger jet can be seen cutting through the clouds – quite literally.

These photos, captured the other day by our very own Philip Duncan, clearly shows the line left behind after a departing international flight flew over Auckland city.

“The photos certainly don’t do it justice but it looked so strange to see this clear line cut through the cloud, with a a short vapour trail attached” Phil told us.


Nicola on 10/05/2011 6:22am

Any idea how that happens Philip? I’ve often wondered

WW Forecast Team on 10/05/2011 8:59pm

Hi Nicola, just like a cloud of smoke the wind can blow a weather cloud into different shapes.  When the jets engines go through it it basically mows a path through it – the engines eat up the cloud and the plane itself helps split it open.  For this to be noticeable the cloud needs to be very thin – and that’s what we had the other day.  Thicker clouds and you wouldn’t be able to see it.



Amber Watling on 10/05/2011 4:43am

Epic photos! 😛

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