On Sunday 19th July we were inundated with photos of the same cloud which dominated the evening sky. This cloud is known as Altocumulus.
Meteorologist Chris Page explains more:
Altocumulus clouds are found between 7,000 and 18,000 ft in the atmosphere and look like small puffy clumps. The form due to a shallow layer of mid-level instability (rising air) in the middle layer of the troposphere (from Latin altus, "high", cumulus, "heaped").
Altocumulus tend to form in fair weather situations and are comprised of a mixture of water droplets and ice crystals.
They look fantastic in photographs particularly at sunrise and sunset, where the sunshine catches their underbelly and form beautiful colours of reds, oranges and purples.
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