STOCKTON (CBS13) – An unusual cloud spotted in Stockton caused a storm on social media Friday afternoon.
Photos started flooding social media a little after 2 p.m. Many people characterized the event as a UFO, using hashtags like #alien, #weird and even going so far as saying the earth was due for an extraterrestrial invasion.READ MORE: Man Suspected Of 2017 Lodi Shooting Arrested In Tulare County
But, in all actuality, the event was probably just a hole-punch cloud – much like one that caused a commotion across Northern California back in 2010.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old DUI Suspect Arrested After Deadly Crash In Tuolumne County
As the National Weather Service told CBS13 back then, the distinctive shape of the cloud was most likely caused by an airplane that disrupted the cloud formation.MORE NEWS: Cal Fire: Fire That Started Under Foresthill Bridge Was Caused By Arson
This unique kind of cloud is actually relatively frequent, officials say, but is usually only seen in colder climates than what we see in the valley.