Why are we seeing a pink sky above Southport?

2nd February 2016

Photo: Crossen sky : Credit Karey Barrowman

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Take a look at these stunning sunset images of the sky above Southport  turning pink tonight.

The sky had shades of pink, yellow and blue as our area enjoyed a colourful end to a very blustery day.

Gale force winds have ripped across the region thanks to Storm Henry.

The clouds are understood to be nacreous clouds, sometimes called mother-of-pearl clouds. They are rarely seen this far south.

Local expert Pat Regan said: “We are seeing possibly various phenomena going on at the same time here; normal sunset colours, a possible sundog (rays breaking through high ice crystals), a rainbow and other meteorological matters all at the same time due to the adverse weather condition..Storm Henry”. “It’s being seen all over the country and I have been debating it on photography sites .. extreme conditions produce the best skies. “

“Nacreous clouds form in the lower stratosphere over polar regions, when the sun has moved just below the horizon. The clouds are lightened from below and often glow with intense shades. They habitually remain discernible for a few of hours after sunset and through the night, as they are lit by moonlight, added Pat”.

curch 1Photo: Birkdale sky : Ruth Evan


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