This picture of a cloud formation that looks like a burning fist intrigued social media users and has gone viral.
The cloud formation appeared across the skies of Madeira, Portugal at 8 in the morning. Weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco captured the photo which shows a cloud formation in the shape of a hand holding a ball of fire. Because of the iconic nature of the image, people started calling it ‘The Hand of God’.
On a separate blog, meteorologist Quincy Vagell of weather.com explained the phenomenon.
According to Vagell, the cloud formation was formed due to a phenomenon called ‘light scattering’.
“At sunrise and sunset, light from the sun has to pass through a greater distance across earth’s atmosphere, where the light is scattered. The result is that vibrant colors, such as reds and oranges, are more dominant.” He explained.