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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Summer snow and floods in Europe, noctilucent 'tornado' cloud and waterspouts

Flooding in West Attica, Greece, June 2018.
© Greece Civil Protection / Fire Service
Flooding in West Attica, Greece, June 2018.
As forecast with the unusual "Winter Storm in Summer" to dump floods on Greece and Italy, oh my, Athens is under six feet of water, other cities, nine feet. More snow across Romania, record cold Slovakia, feet deep hail in Serbia and EF-3 waterspouts off Italian beaches. Noctilucent clouds with a strange blue tornado pattern in the upper atmosphere. Major Typhoon directed at North Korea that will alleviate the drought there. Signs in the Skies.

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Strange but beautiful skies: Noctilucent 'tornado' cloud, auroras, double and twin rainbow plus a midnight rainbow

Taken by Martin McKenna on June 25, 2018 @ Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
© Martin McKenna
Taken by Martin McKenna on June 25, 2018 @ Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
In recent nights, noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have rippled across Europe from Scandinavia to the south of France. "We have been observing NLCs every night here in N. Ireland," reports Martin McKenna of Maghera in Co. Derry. "Their brightness and complexity have been getting more advanced since the solstice, with whirls and knots glowing electric blue above a yellow midnight sunset horizon." He observed this 'noctilucent tornado' on June 25th:

"It was amazing to watch," he says. "This area then morphed into an succession of dynamic shapes-a wedge, a funnel, angel wings, an electrified smoke ring, then a long rope tornado which reached towards the horizon."

What creates these forms? The answer is "gravity waves."


Cosmic explosion 100 times brighter than a supernova baffles scientists

© NASA/CXC/MIT/UMass Amherst/M.D.Stage et al.
Astronomers found what could be one of the most enigmatic objects in space today. An enormous cataclysm more powerful than a supernova was detected just 200 million light-years away.
Astronomers have spotted a mysteriously gargantuan explosion a hundred times more massive than an exploding star and they have no idea what it is.

More than a dozen telescopes from all over the world have recorded the inexplicable event, which was first seen on June 16 in the skies above Hawaii.

Early speculations point to a giant cloud of high-speed particles moving at a rate of 12,000 miles per second and registering a temperature of 16,000 degrees Fahrenheit. However, everything is a wild guess at this point.


Clouds produce every atmospheric optical trick in the book around Seattle, Washington

Sun halo over Seattle
© Dr. Angela Rowe
Several sun halos appear in the skies over Seattle on June 27, 2018.
It was a sun halo party over Seattle Wednesday morning and every kind of atmospheric event was invited.

Dr. Angela Rowe with the University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Department noticed the rare display while at a 7:30 a.m. fitness class at Seward Park and made sure to snap some photos.

"I made everyone stop working out so I could explain what we were all seeing," she said. (As all weather geeks would... :) )

Comment: In the past few weeks, the Puget Sound area in Washington has also seen a surge in the appearance of noctilucent clouds:

June 12: 'Rare' noctilucent clouds dazzle Seattle, Washington
June 18: 'Rare' noctilucent cloud drifts over Puget Sound, Washington


Viewer captures fire rainbow during drive in Galveston, Texas

Circumhorizontal arc over Galveston, TX
An Eyewitness News viewer was lucky enough to capture a colorful fire rainbow on video in Galveston - and it was an incredible sight!

Technically, it's neither a rainbow nor fire.

The National Weather Service says it is actually called a circumhorizontal arc that forms when you have ice crystals in high clouds.


Sundog appears over Cornwall, UK

Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of the sun, looking like detached pieces of rainbow
Sundog over Cornwall, UK
© Frances Watts
This is the moment a rare sundog appeared in the sky, making it look like there was a halo over Cornwall .

People across the duchy were sharing their photos of the phenomenon last night which created a 'second sun' in the sky.

The halo effect appeared over St Ives , while in Newquay it looked like a streak of rainbow alongside the sun.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, and forecasters say it could get hotter, with no sign of a let up in the sun for the next few days.

The Met Office has issued a heatwave warning with an 80 per cent chance we could see potentially dangerous levels of hot weather between today, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Cloud Grey

Ominous looking roll cloud filmed over Memphis, Tennessee

roll cloud
© Angie Hutton
People near Memphis, Tennessee, thought they spotted a UFO a couple of weeks ago, but meteorologist have determined it to be a “roll cloud”.
Earlier this month, people near Memphis, Tennessee, spotted an odd formation in the sky after a storm.

It was an ominous, cylindrical mass that some likened to a UFO.

The mysterious sight prompted at least one person to snap photos, wondering what this UFO-like image might be.

Colby Hutton saw the mass in the sky over Adamsville, Tennessee, as he was driving over a bridge, his mom Angie Hutton told CBS News.

Angie shared her son's photo on Facebook, hoping someone could help them identify what it was. Local news station WMC-TV looked into the case.

It wasn't an unidentified flying object, and despite it's odd appearance, it has nothing to do with aliens at all.

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Several 'fire rainbows' seen in Massachusetts

© Micaela Ford
Several Massachusetts residents spotted "fire rainbows" in the sky Wednesday.

The optical phenomenon known as a circumhorizontal arc occurs due to the refraction of sunlight in ice crystals, according to the National Weather Service.

7News viewers spotted the beautiful spectacle in Tyngsborough, Lynn and Reading.

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'Rare' noctilucent clouds dazzle Seattle, Washington

Noctilucent clouds over Seattle, WA
© National Weather Service - Seattle
Folks near and in Seattle were treated with a rare type of cloud formation early this morning, one that looked stunning with a backdrop of starlight. Images and details about the clouds were recently published by the National Weather Service, which says the clouds were visible over Lake Washington at the Service's Seattle location earlier today.

Noctilucent clouds is a fancy term for "night clouds," which are exactly what they sound like: clouds that are visible when the sky is still mostly dark. The clouds are composed of ice crystals located in the Earth's upper atmosphere, where they become visible during what is known as "astronomical twilight.'

According to local news agency KGW8, the noctilucent clouds became visible between 3AM and 4AM local time, when they appeared to be wispy, white, and bright. Due to how thin they are, the clouds - which are the highest in the atmosphere - aren't visible once the sun is up.

Cloud Precipitation

Sheets of rain: Austrian photographer creates stunning time-lapse of cloud dumping 'tsunami' over lake

austria sheet rain
© Peter Maier / YouTube
Mother Nature's beautiful and mysterious ways have been caught on camera by a professional photographer who has captured time-lapse footage of a powerful rainstorm over a lake in Austria.

The video, titled 'Tsunami from Heaven' shows blue skies turning grey as rain clouds swoop in over Lake Millstatt in Carinthia, Austria. It doesn't take long to see why photographer Peter Maier gave the video its title, as the downpour of the rainstorm does indeed look like a tsunami coming from the heavens.

Comment: Epic looding around the world is on the rise and according to one study atmospheric are expected to rivers to double in size:
"However, because the findings project that the atmospheric rivers will be, on average, about 25 percent wider and longer, the global frequency of atmospheric river conditions - like heavy rain and strong winds - will actually increase by about 50 percent." Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow jets of air that carry huge amounts of water vapor from the tropics to Earth's continents and polar regions.


These "rivers in the sky" typically range from 250 to 375 miles (400 to 600 kilometers) wide and carry as much water - in the form of water vapor - as about 25 Mississippi Rivers. When an atmospheric river makes landfall, particularly against mountainous terrain (such as the Sierra Nevada and the Andes), it releases much of that water vapor in the form of rain or snow.
See also: Also check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs