‘UFO’ clouds hover over BOP

The 'UFO', or lenticular cloud, caught on camera. Photo: Todd Martelli.

Incredible skies over Bay of Plenty were snapped on camera as the cold southerly finally settled in the region.

A cloud formation, which resembled a UFO, was snapped on camera by many Bay of Plenty residents.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the clouds are called lenticular clouds.

"Put simply, these incredible clouds form when air flows over the ranges, a bit like how the sea is altered on the surface by rocks or shallow water below.

"The fading southerly conditions in the evening, along with the cooling night, helped produce this dramatic cloud, more often seen over parts of Canterbury (thanks to the Southern Alps and nor'westers)."

Warwick de Vere took this first photo of last night's lenticular clouds from Ohauiti.

Linda Burch snapped this shot.

Nine-yer-old Ella Bayer took these photos while travelling home to Pahoia.

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