Coventry in awe of rainbow clouds

On Monday 1st February, Coventry was in awe after beautiful colours appeared in the sky, otherwise known as nacreous clouds. From 4:30pm to 6:30pm, the rainbow effect of colours lit the sky, in a phenomenon quite common for this time of year. People across the country grabbed their phones and wasted no time in taking pictures.

Nacreous clouds, which are also know as “mother-of-pearl” clouds, are formed when ice crystals or water droplets refact light across the sky. It is very rare for them to appear in England – they are usually spotted in countries with harsh winters, such as Canada and Scandinavia. They highlight the issue that O-Zone holes are forming in the Arctic and Antarctic. The iridescent clouds, as they are otherwise known, should be called the “devil-in-disguise” clouds after what they prove is happening to the earth.

So if you’re wondering why it’s been freezing cold outside, this could be the reason – global warming ironically meaning places closer to the poles will get colder. As rare as the “mother-of-pearl” clouds are, Coventry was lucky enough to see the view. You can see some of the photos in the gallery above.

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