October 23rd, 2016

Polar visitors seen in skies over South Warwickshire

Updated: 9:15 am, Feb 02, 2016

THE SKIES of Warwickshire had some unusual visitors yesterday evening (Monday).

Nacreous clouds – otherwise known as mother-of-pearl-clouds – were photographed by readers Raymond Borkowski in Rugby and Lee Seager in Lighthorne.

The Northern Lights-like clouds normally occur in the stratosphere over the Poles during the Polar winter, when temperatures are extremely cold (-78 degrees celsius or below).

The clouds were a mix of blues, purples, greens and yellows.

The phenomenon – which is rare to see in the UK – lasted about 30 minutes.