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Very nice picture, Peter. The lower cumulonimbus clouds seen from the flight deck look almost like a volcanic eruption about to explode as the pressure inside them becomes greater, while the noctilucent clouds above make the night sky look a bit like it is a large, dark blue lake, moving with the wind that you can look straight down into and see plenty of reflections of the dramatic storm cloud’s activity below the surface. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thanks James for this most remarkable photo showing the famous noctilucent clouds glowing between the black sky and black earth. What a glorious shot!
An amazing shot, James. Don’t often get to see a sky like that so high up in the sky from an airplane at 41,000 feet and get it so accurately on what must have been a special night camera. Must have been close to the top of the troposphere and at the bottom of the stratosphere, where your were flying, where nearly all the clouds are made of ice crystals, cirrus clouds for example and the temperature is below -50 degrees. From Rebecca Hill
By coincidence today upon the BBC Weather Watchers website there is small collection of the elusive Notilucent clouds taken very recently in the northern part of the UK.
Link to the photos:-
An imaginative capture, Peter, of a rather rare cloud formation. Lovely colouring! Thanks.
Clouds and Light Houses – marvellous formula which certainly works well indeed with me.
The more I look at your photo, Kev, the more it grows on me.
Kind thanks for sharing this. 5* from me with no reservation.
Love this as too, the wonderful colours!
Ooooh wat mooi!!
Fine capture of a very rare to see event.
For a view of this rare cloud over central London – including the famous London Eye – take a look at this photo which comes from NASA’s APOD page:-
Four more very good photos, via the BBC. of this rare type of cloud seen recently in the north of the UK:-