noctilucent cloud

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noc·​ti·​lu·​cent cloud | \ ˌnäk-tə-ˈlü-sᵊnt- How to pronounce noctilucent cloud (audio) \

Definition of noctilucent cloud

: a luminous thin usually colored cloud seen especially at twilight at a height of about 50 miles (80 kilometers)

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That water vapor is responsible for the brightening noctilucent clouds, the new study says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to capture the eerie nighttime clouds of climate change," 6 July 2018 Researchers used computer simulations to model the Northern Hemisphere’s atmosphere and noctilucent clouds from 1871 to 2008, according to the study, which was published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Once-rare cloud is now more common, and new study says climate change is to blame," 13 July 2018 The first time people reported noticing noctilucent clouds was in 1880s after the massive eruption of Krakatau, a volcano in Indonesia. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to capture the eerie nighttime clouds of climate change," 6 July 2018 What caught my eye, and the eyes of several other meteorologists, was the idea that these could be noctilucent clouds, instead. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Extremely rare, colorful nighttime clouds shine over Arizona," 30 Mar. 2018 People living in high latitude areas (between 45º and 70º above or below the Equator) have the best chance of seeing noctilucent clouds. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Eerie Clouds Glow at Night—How to See Them," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of noctilucent cloud

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noctilucent cloud

noctilucent "luminous in the dark," from Latin noct-, nox night entry 1 + -i- -i- + lucent

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