A B.C. dad is getting worldwide attention thanks to a TikTok video that has been viewed 12.5 million times as of Wednesday afternoon.
Mark Skeath was among many residents around the Sunshine Coast last Thursday who spotted a cumulonimbus cloud, sometimes called an anvil cloud over Bowen Island.
He snapped a picture of the unusual cloud and sent it to Global BC’s popular Weather Window segment.
In an email, Skeath said his daughter took a video of him watching the News Hour that evening to see if his photo was the one that made the news.
She shared it on TikTok and it has received thousands of comments and shares.
It turns out Skeath’s photo wasn’t the one shown during the broadcast.
He told Global News that it wasn’t a big deal really but was surprised by the response on TikTok.
“I don’t get it but there you are, lol,” he wrote.
Meteorologist Kristi Gordon said this type of cloud is basically a thunderstorm.
“The top of it looks like an anvil because the updraft within the thunderstorm reaches a point in the atmosphere where upward motion is stopped,” she said. “So, the cloud spreads horizontally and often more in one direction than the other because of the winds at that level atmosphere.”
Here are some of the photos Global BC received of the anvil cloud.