TikTok of B.C. dad hoping to see his cloud photo on TV gets millions of views

A massive thunderstorm was spotted across B.C.'s South Coast last Thursday. Senior meteorologist Kristi Gordon explains what caused the unusual shape of the anvil cloud or cumulonimbus cloud that captured the attention of many British Columbians.

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.

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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.

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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.

lenticular cloud Mark Skeath

Mark Skeath's photo he snapped of the strange-looking cloud over Bowen Island on Friday.

Mark Skeath
Langdale ferry terminal.

Langdale ferry terminal.

Jason LaChance
View from the ferry docked at Langdale

View from the ferry docked at Langdale

Nicole Delmotte
Taken at Gibsons Marina, Sunshine Coast

Taken at Gibsons Marina, Sunshine Coast

Stephanie Riggs
Taken at Armours Beach on Squamish Territory

Taken at Armours Beach on Squamish Territory

Maurice Windham
View of Cypress Mountain with the moon, mixed clouds and blue sky taken from Soames on the Sunshine Coast B.C.

View of Cypress Mountain with the moon, mixed clouds and blue sky taken from Soames on the Sunshine Coast B.C.

Christy Kiloh
Taken from Gibsons.

Taken from Gibsons.

Paul and Heather Riegert

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