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The ghosts of ordinary clouds.

19 Jul 2016, 18:58 UTC
The ghosts of ordinary clouds.
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I was having a wonderful dream this morning.... and then.... BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!BEEP! BEEP! Somewhere in the village a car alarm was singing! The sound was a cross between hyperactive cicadas and a flying saucer attempting to land in a nearby garden! Here's a recording of this morning's cicada driven spaceship...!It was about 4.00 am the birds weren't even awake... I got up and double checked that it wasn't our car making that lovely noise.Looking out of the north window I was greeted by a beautiful display of Noctilucent Clouds....All thoughts of the annoying car alarm quickly disappeared.I haven't seen a display of NLC since July of 2009.Here are a couple of the pictures I captured that evening.Can't believe its been seven years since I last spotted the "night clouds".July 2009July 2009After about ten minutes the BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! stopped..! Simpson Cross was again plunged into a wonderful July morning twilight.Silence PLUS no street lights...PERFECT.I simply leaned on the windowsill, and bathed myself in this most glorious of mornings.Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in the sky, occurring some 50 miles up in the Earth's atmosphere.The word noctilucent ...

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