View Full Version : Ice Clouds....

07-17-2009, 06:37 PM
or Noctilucent Clouds....

Our local weatherman reported on them last night and said there was a possibility of sightings in the skies over Portland Thursday night.

Noctilucent Clouds are made of ice crystals that are shining in the sunlight above the earth's shadow and appear to be almost luminescent against the dark-sky background.

Noctilucent Clouds are the highest clouds on earth, forming 50 miles overhead, in the region of the upper atmosphere known as the Mesosphere. At 135 Kelvin (approximately 160 degrees below zero) the Mesosphere is the coldest area of the planet.

So, I've had another cool sighting in the skies above Portland. This one occured last night, just after sunset....between 9:30 and 10:15 pm. Our weatherman reported there was a "chance" they "might" be seen. So I headed outside during the appointed time and was absolutely AMAZED!!

I ran back in the house and drug my husband outside to have another witness. The sky was filled with huge long streaks of "electric blue" clouds. They were kind of luminescent....a whitish color, with a strange blue tint. And they were everywhere. They started in the Northern skies and looked like someone had drug a paintbrush coloring them from North to South.

It was very cool! So I researched a bit today and found a good link to a site that gives a better explanation......and I'll include a picture from that site. I wish I had gotten my own picture to post, but my camera is vacationing in Japan at the moment.



and here's another picture I found....this one's over Sweden....

http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~idh/apod/image/0607/nlc_molten.jpg (http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~idh/apod/image/0607/nlc_molten_big.jpg)

All of this, provided free....for your Friday educational entertainment!

:cool2: Lori

07-17-2009, 06:39 PM
that is really cool!!!

i wish i coulda seen that !!

07-18-2009, 06:51 AM
That is very pretty, I too wish that I could have seen it.


07-18-2009, 06:57 AM
That is absolutely beautiful, I dont get to see that kind of stuff in Michigan, thats really cool rizbit


07-18-2009, 07:28 AM
How extrodinary!!

Thats the most preetiest thing ive ever sawed


07-19-2009, 12:30 PM
WOW!! I mean, absolutely beautiful...I am at a loss for words. When I see something like this, I am awestruck by the wonders of our universe and I can't help thinking..How wonderful and good GOD is to create such wondrous beauty!

Thank You For Sharing

Peace and Blessings

07-19-2009, 12:33 PM
Wow, Lori
Portland must be a very beautiful place to live. Those skies are rally lovely.

07-19-2009, 12:36 PM
Absolutely gorgeous, I can imagine how breathtaking it was to see it live.

07-19-2009, 05:55 PM
ok lori,

this seals the deal...i must visit Portland.....restaurants, beaches, mountains, incredible cloud formations, etc.....no wonder so many people choose to live there,,,,it is heaven on earth.

Like saysusie, this makes me marvel at the power of our natural surroundings.

thanks for sharing....

07-19-2009, 05:59 PM
That is just amazing Lori. That's a phenomenon I've never heard of. That large pic from Sweden would make a great Pink Floyd album cover. Cool stuff!

07-19-2009, 08:55 PM
That is amazing and beautiful!!!!!!! My mama was able to see the Northern Lights while living in Alaska....she said they were breathtaking :yes: I want to visit Oregon so bad! My friend Krya would love to live there and if that is ever the case.....we will be visiting!!!!!! Keep your eyes out and hopefully you will see some more!!!!