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LOOK: Mayon Volcano and the Pope Francis effect?

Bicol's iconic Mayon Volcano looked extra ethereal on January 19, the day that Pope Francis left the Philippines, and also a day after Typhoon Amang lashed Bicol.

These photos, captured by Armel Adefuin Alcantara, show a breathtaking cloud formation over the perfect cone as viewed from Gapo, Daraga, Albay at 6:50 a.m.

"Some say it's [the] Pope Francis effect," Alcantara posted, pointing out that the cloud resembles the Pontiff's skull cap or papal cape which seemed to have made its way to Albay.

Scientists call such type of phenomenon a lenticular cloud, due to its lens-like shape. They commonly form in the troposphere over natural or man-made structures. Said structures disrupt the ambient wind flow, resulting in the spectacular formation that is also described as cap-shaped or UFO-shaped.

To date, some 3,000 Facebook users have shared the Mayon images on the social network since it was posted on January 19.

Many Bicolanos joined in the celebration of the Pope's visit, despite the region not being among the list of places he visited.BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Mayon Volcano and the Pope Francis effect?
Photo by Armel 
Adefuin Alcantara
Mayon Volcano and the Pope Francis effect?
Photo by Armel 
Adefuin Alcantara
Mayon Volcano and the Pope Francis effect?
Photo by Armel 
Adefuin Alcantara

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