Thursday, June 15, 2017
Upper Atmospheric 'Heat Wave' Wipes out Noctilucent Clouds
Source - Space Weather News for June 15, 2017: http://spaceweather.com
MYSTERY OF THE MISSING NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: Every year in June, far-northern sky watchers see electric-blue tendrils creeping over the western horizon at sunset. These are noctilucent clouds (NLCs) formed by summertime wisps of water vapor crystallizing around bits of meteor smoke at the edge of space. Every year in June ... except this year. NLCs have been mysteriously absent in June 2017, and researchers have just figured out why. A 'heat wave' in the upper atmosphere has temporarily wiped them out.
Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story and the prognosis for future NLCs.
Article URL - http://news.spaceweather.com/mystery-of-the-missing-noctilucent-clouds/