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Nacreous clouds

Nacreous clouds

By Peter Slater

[All images © Peter Slater 2016 – used with permission]

I’d been reading the article Respite from the Storms and it reminded me of the walk I had a couple of days ago (Wed 3 Feb 2016) at Embleton. There wasn’t a cloud to be seen. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Interestingly, there have been lots of sightings from around the UK of rare nacreous clouds and we had them here too.

Sometimes known as mother of pearl clouds for their distinct appearance, nacreous clouds are laced with vivid iridescent light from below the horizon. (Met Office, UK)

The Met Office explains nacreous clouds as follows:

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Respite from the storms

Respite

Well, the past couple of days or so has seen a bit of a respite from the latest effects of storm Henry (Named on:30 January 2016; Date of impact on UK: 1-2 February 2016).

There have been some occasional blue skies in the Breamish Valley, the wind has abated a bit (which means I can now go out cycling again) and there are signs of Spring cropping up everywhere.

Breamish Valley respite

Respite in the weather – looking towards Reaveley
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