Glowing clouds catch the eye

By Frank Cassidy

Published: 10/12/2012

The appearance of unusually-shaped, rainbow-coloured clouds made for a particularly spectacular sunset over much of the north-east last night.

Weather experts said the nacreous cloud formations which could be seen from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire were caused by a chemical reaction up to 50 miles above the Earth.

And while the display was extraordinary to watch, it is not one which is welcomed by meteorologists. The vibrant colours and shifting patterns are a by-product of climate change and are caused by a build-up of greenhouse gases.

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