David's Astronomy Pages
Earth - Atmosphere

This page summarises observations and images of the atmosphere and weather phenomenon.

Bullet Rainbows
Bullet Narcesent or Mother of Pearl Clouds
Bullet Tornados
Bullet Aurora / Northern Lights
Bullet Sky & Clouds
Bullet Noctilucent Clouds
Bullet Sun Dogs
Bullet Volcanic Ash Sunset
Some of the images below can be viewed at larger size by clicking on them

For a listing of all Atmospheric Images see Image Database - Atmosphere


Rainbow, Co. Clare Ireland, 1999
Besides the simple bow, which everyone can remember seeing,
rainbows can show other interesting things. 
The following picture show a rainbow with primary and secondary bows,
and well pronounced Alexander's Dark Band above the primary :
Rainbow, NE Scotland, 1996


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Narcesent or Mother of Pearl Clouds

Sunset in NE Scotland on 1996-Feb-16 was accompanied by the beautiful, but rare sight, of Narcesent or Mother of Pearl Clouds.  These produced beautiful multi-colour light effects in the sky for a period of 1-2 hours in the late afternoon/early evening.

I also observed Narcesent clouds in NE Scotland in the late afternoon of 1999-Nov-30. A series of high clouds in the western sky were seen to display alternating rainbow coloured stripes.

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A mini-tornado was seen whilst on a visit to Co. Clare, Ireland in 1999. It lasted for at least 10 minutes, but wasn't seen to make contact with the ground

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Co. Clare Ireland, 1999

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Aurora / Northern Lights

Saw great displays of Northern Lights from Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland in Oct/Nov 2003.

(previously saw small display in early 1999)

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Sky and Clouds

 Sunset over Hilltop Observatory, Westhill, Aberdeenshire

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Noctilucent Clouds

Noctilucent Clouds, Aberdeenshire (2004-07-07 / 2004-07-08)

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Sun Dogs

Sun Dogs, Aberdeenshire
(2004-08-31 18:50 BST, Evening)

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Volcanic Ash Sunset

Volcanic Ash Sunset
Sunset with purplish tinge associated with Volcanic Ash Plume from the
14-15th April eruption of the Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull
(2010-04-16 Evening , Aberdeenshire)

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