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Amazing Weather Phenomenon Lights Up Scarborough Sky

Mysterious 'rainbow clouds' have been spotted in the skies of Scarborough, thanks to a strange weather phenomena.

These remarkable photos were sent to us from local woman Philippa Marsh who snapped the unusual light display on her iPhone.

Philippa said:

"I've never seen anything quite like it. It really was beautiful. I was standing by the entrance to Next looking towards the railway station. The photos I took on my phone really don't do the colours justice."

There have been multiple reports of these distinctive clouds having been spotted over Scarborough in the last 24 hours. Although often mistaken for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) they are actually called  'mother of pearl' clouds or polar stratospheric clouds.

They are formed when the stratosphere becomes very cold and are usually spotted before dawn or just after sunset as their altitude catches the longest, rays of sunlight. Their colour comes from ice crystals refracting the sun's rays to give a rainbow effect.

Email us your photos of the 'rainbow clouds' over Scarborough to

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