It was a rare and beautiful show Saturday night across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Noctilucent clouds high up in the atmosphere glimmered after dark in the northwest sky.
— Michael Stanga (@RealMStanga) June 9, 2019
Noctilucent clouds form 40 to 50 miles up high in the atmosphere. They are so high up they catch the sun’s rays even after the sun is well below the observer’s horizon.
They are usually seen at high latitudes in summer. Here’s a good explainer from earthsky.org
What are noctilucent clouds? Noctilucent clouds form in the highest reaches of the atmosphere – the mesosphere – as much as 50 miles (80 km) above the Earth’s surface. They’re thought to be made of ice crystals that form on fine dust particles from meteors. They can only form when temperatures are incredibly low and when there’s water available to form ice crystals.
Spotty showers this week
We’ll see plenty of sunshine Monday. But some cold air aloft meant the atmosphere will be a little ticklish this week. Look for a few isolated thundershowers to run southeast Monday afternoon. More scattered rains arrive later Tuesday and Wednesday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NAM 3 km resolution model gives you the idea of a few renegade pop-up showers dotting radar scopes Monday afternoon. No severe weather risk areas are in place from NOAA.
Highs mostly in the 70s this week will feel pleasant. Temperatures move back toward 80 degrees by next weekend.
I remember people saying open the windows a crack (to equalize pressure) and get into the southwest corner of the basement when I was a kid. But then again I was a burgeoning weather geek.
The bottom line is, get as low as possible and put as many walls between you and the tornado as possible. Quickly.
Here are some more tornado myths.
Following up in yesterday's tornado myths, here's some tornado safety myths and why they're not true. Remember, if a tornado warning is issued, get to a building's lowest level and away from windows. #summersafety pic.twitter.com/LezBL8QGxC
— NWS Gaylord (@NWSGaylord) June 9, 2019