DESTIN — A strange cloud formation over the Gulf of Mexico captured the attention of many people Tuesday. 

Only it wasn’t a cloud at all. An Air Force fighter pilot flying in a large figure-eight over the Gulf near Destin created the popular pattern. 

The contrails were so well defined the National Weather Service in Tallahassee spotted them on its satellite.

Pete DeNoble, a snowbird from of Oshawa, Ontario captured the contrails from his Miramar Beach condo and sent us a photo from his balcony.

@spann@NWSMobile@NWSTallahassee Air Force making some Contrail Ring Clouds out over Gulf south of Destin, FL. New cloud term!

— DC (@Dean4Storms)December 18, 2018