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Polar Stratospheric Clouds form over Sweden

Polar stratospheric clouds, reported on December 9, 2016, over the skies of Kiruna, Sweden, indicate the stratosphere above the Arctic Circle is getting very cold. Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) form from the icy particles in the lower stratosphere, in extremely...

December 15, 2016

2016 17 southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season starts early

Record early start of southern hemisphere NLC season

The southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLC) season has started early this year and tied with 2013 for the earliest southern hemisphere season on record. The 2016/17 southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season started on November 17 and tied with 2013 for the...

November 28, 2016

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40 tons of cosmic dust enters Earth's atmosphere every day

New experiments, carried by the EU scientists, managed to estimate how much cosmic dust enters Earth's atmosphere for the first time. The dust particles impact our atmosphere causing a wide range of phenomena, and further research hopes to address them. Dust...

November 23, 2016

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Noctilucent clouds storm from July 12 - 14 over Denmark

You are not dreaming, you can see waves, shock fronts or waterfalls in the night sky! On the nights of the 12-13th and 13-14th of July 2016, Denmark has witnessed two very powerful and bright noctilucent cloud shows in a row. The brightest and broadest I can...

July 16, 2016

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Noctilucent clouds in motion

On the night of June 21, 2016, photographer Derek Mellott from the town of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada recorded this fantastic display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs). "They were the brightest I have ever seen," he said. "It seemed like a good time to...

June 22, 2016

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Cloud seeding flight suspected to aggravate major flooding in Tasmania

A cloud-seeding company Hydro Tasmania performed the seeding over the Derwent River watershed a day before the widespread flooding, caused by intense rainstorms, began on June 6, 2016. According to Premier Will Hodgman, the Energy Minister Matthew Groom is looking...

June 10, 2016

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Expansion of tropics shifting high altitude clouds toward poles

NASA's research team conducted a study on 30-years of satellite data to reveal that a recorded trend of high altitude clouds in the mid-latitude which are shifting toward the poles is primarily caused by the expansion of the tropics. One of the most important...

May 06, 2016

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Ozone hole behind colorful nacreous clouds over the UK and Ireland

Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are appearing over the United Kingdom and Ireland since January 31, 2016. An extremely rare occurrence for this area, usually restricted to the Arctic Circle, has been photographed by numerous skywatchers. According to experts, the...

February 05, 2016

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Nacreous clouds appear around the Arctic Circle

Sky watchers are observing an outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds or PSCs around the Arctic Circle, SpaceWeather reports. Unlike normal grey-white clouds, which hug Earth's surface at altitudes of only 5 to 10 km (3.1 - 6.2 miles), PSCs float through the...

December 17, 2015

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Volcanoes cool the planet by releasing low-level sulfur to influence cloud formation

A new study, conducted by the University of Washington (UW) researchers used a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland, from the period between summer 2014 and early winter 2015, to explore how the sulfur emissions affects cloud's brightness. The results suggest the...

December 10, 2015

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After Europe and Canada, noctilucent clouds expand to USA

The 2015 northern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season started on May 19, 2015 when NASA's AIM spacecraft spotted a patch of electric blue clouds over the Artactic Circle.Since then, noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have been moving south and, on June 8 - 9, they reached t

June 12, 2015

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Possible outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds underway around the Arctic Circle

A possible outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) is underway around the Arctic Circle, SpaceWeather.com reports.Ivar Marthinusen sends this picture of the phenomenon taken on December 22, 2014 from Skedsmokorset, Norway:"Right after sunset, these clouds wer

December 23, 2014

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How do active volcanoes change clouds?

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist Andrew Sayer talks about how emissions from volcanoes can affect clouds. This video provides an overview of research published in the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Research: Systematic satellite observations of

November 14, 2014

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Rare fallstreak hole cloud observed over Melbourne, Australia

A rare fallstreak hole cloud was observed today over Melbourne, Australia, Meteo Europe team reports. Because of their rarity and unusual appearance, as well as very little exposure in media, fallstreak holes are often mistaken for or attributed to unidentified flying o

November 03, 2014

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NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds

Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase alt

July 22, 2014

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Another outbreak of noctilucent clouds over Europe

The weekend of July 12 - 13 brought another outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) to Europe, SpaceWeather reports. Across the northern reaches of the continent, skies were criss-crossed by signature ripples of electric blue, like these photographed by Jaan Jalgrata

July 14, 2014

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Noctilucent clouds outburst reported

Sky watchers in Europe are reporting an outburst of bright noctilucent clouds (NLCs). The display began at sunset on July 3rd, filling northern horizons with electric-blue ripples, swirls, and tendrils of light.Morten Ross sent this picture to SpaceWeather.com from

July 04, 2014