Watch: New Year kicks off with some wacky cloud formations

Jerome Petteys Design

SEATTLE -- While the fireworks atop and along the Space Needle provided the biggest show right as the clock struck 2019, Mother Nature has spent the entire week putting on her own atmospheric show.

Up in Hansville, Greg Johnson at's HD nighttime time lapse camera caught a somewhat rare sight of light pillars shining over Whidbey Island or so. Watch around 9 p.m. on the clock:

Here is a slowed down version:

And here is a zoomed in version:

The light pillars are caused by tiny ice crystals in the clouds refracting bright lights on the ground -- likely from New Year's Eve festivities.

A few hours later, this spooky sight over Lacey -- Aliens? Nope, "hole punch" cloud or sometimes called a "fall streak" clouds. (Photo: Joe Schmedlap)

These clouds are caused when you have a stable cloud layer and then an ascending or descending airplane "punches" through the cloud layer.

But even the "regular" clouds put on a show. Check out the waves moving in ahead of a storm Wednesday (Photo courtesy: Ben Jurkovich)

But perhaps taking the trophy for most dramatic/awe-inspiring cloud display belongs to -- who else? -- Mt. Rainier, which put on an awesome lenticular cloud display on New Year's Eve.

Check out this time lapse video of the event, courtesy of Meg McDonald with Wild Northwest Beauty Photography:

I've put some other amazing cloud photos of the past week inside the gallery link above. What will week 2 of 2019 bring?

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