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  • Location: Coventry, 96m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow in winter, thunderstorms, warmth, sun any time!
  • Location: Coventry, 96m asl
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Thank for starting the thread up. Still a few weeks to go until the chance of the first sighting increases, find usually starts to ramp up right as meteorological summer begins. Hoping the summer isn't too cloudy / unsettled, especially from the mid June to early August period giving us more chances to see them.

Also a shame it looks like we won't have @mushymanrob with us this year unless he comes back which would be nice.

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  • Location: Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Storms.
  • Location: Essex

Been waiting for this thread to reappear. I hope we have a better season than last year, as that was quite disappointing overall. I am quite looking forward to those 3am mornings with a glorious overhead display 😄 

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  • Location: Cheslyn Hay, South Staffs.
  • Weather Preferences: Snow during Winter, Thunder during Summer.
  • Location: Cheslyn Hay, South Staffs.

All it needs is Sir @Arnie Pie His contributions were and have been brilliant over the times this hemisphire

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  • Location: Macclesfield
  • Location: Macclesfield

Brilliant.  @Jamie M  Thanks for starting the 2024 thread.  Not long now until I'm in the bedroom window like a meerkat scouring the northern skies.  2023 was dire, too many nights clouded out.

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)

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The first echoes from the OSWIN radar at Kühlungsborn suggests that NLC development is underway

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)

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Possibly the first NLCs of the season at 52N, 14.6E at Bomsdorf in Germany at 01:13 UTC this morning.

 

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  • Location: Macclesfield
  • Location: Macclesfield
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https://www.iap-kborn.de/en/research/department-radar-remote-sensing/current-radar-observations/maarsy-mesosphere/     Anyone have clear skies last night?  it certainly looked primed for a viewing once cloud cleared late on here in my neck of the woods.  No, I didn't see anything, I had a good look though.  Signals are getting stronger now on MAARSY.

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)

 Rush2019

Nothing here under clear skies. NOAA 21 has apparently detected the first noctilucent clouds on the 26th of May 

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There appears to have been some echoes on the OSWIN radar at Kühlungsborn today that stretch down to ~79 km which does seem to suggest things are spilling further south 

https://www-iap--kborn-de.translate.goog/fileadmin/user_upload/MAIN-abteilung/radar/Radars/OswinVHF/Plots/OSWIN_Mesosphere_4hour.png

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
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It seems the Russian folks at Meteoweb.ru have pinned the first average visible date for mid-latitudes 10 days after satellite detection - we will see how that comes off. Nothing yet from ground observations 

This seems to roughly fit what was seen last year as NOAA-21 detected the first NLCs also on the 26th of May and the first observations were on the night of the 3rd of June

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)

First noctilucent clouds of the year from Russia are currently visible from Ust-Kust which sits at 56.8N 

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  • Location: South East UK
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms/squalls/hoar-frost/mist
  • Location: South East UK
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Paul Mortz 1st June East Yorks 

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  • Location: Christchurch, Dorset
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme weather what else!
  • Location: Christchurch, Dorset

 Sprites And so it begins, I sense a few of us will be getting less sleep in the coming weeks! 

Also, there has been a few X class flares over the past few hours, how cool will it be to photograph NLCs and the aurora at the same time! 🤞

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  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
  • Weather Preferences: Columus Bigus Convectivus
  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl

It`s looking to be a clear night for most, and with some faint signals this afternoon from both OSWIN and MAARSY at lower altitudes,
It's certainly worth a look out this evening

Happy hunting all🤞

 

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)

NLCs are currently visible at Irbit (57.7N, 63E) 

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  • Location: South East UK
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms/squalls/hoar-frost/mist
  • Location: South East UK

 Lt. Dan Just add the bright comet that's coming in the Autumn, some lightning, and gigantic jets. I expect someone could Photoshop all those together 🙄 

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  • Location: Coventry, 96m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow in winter, thunderstorms, warmth, sun any time!
  • Location: Coventry, 96m asl

What is the earliest recorded or photographed NLC's in the UK?

I can't recall any displays before meteorological summer recently though maybe in the early 2010s there might have been? 

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  • Location: South East UK
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms/squalls/hoar-frost/mist
  • Location: South East UK
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 Metwatch The earliest is around the 23rd of May. 

And Usually June to early August. 

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  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
  • Weather Preferences: Columus Bigus Convectivus
  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
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Something behind the clouds at Flensburg....a good bet for the the morning twilight`s in my experience, if you have a clear slot at around 2.45am

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Clouded out in Birmingham😮‍💨

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  • Location: Macclesfield
  • Location: Macclesfield

Such rare clear sky last night, curtesy of the Arctic air mass aloft.  Couldn’t help but meerkat for a while at my bedroom window, didn't spot anything, European web cams quiet too.

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  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
  • Weather Preferences: Columus Bigus Convectivus
  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl

Agreed...Irresistible skies last night...watched until the morning twilights...also nothing to report apart from our ever increasing 'Smut level'🙂

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  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
  • Weather Preferences: Columus Bigus Convectivus
  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl

5 days ago, the first official NLC`s were observed over the UK,in the early morning hours from N Yorkshire.
Tonight will be the first full rotation of the NLC`s around the pole.

IF the clouds have survived the 5 day migration, we should expect the same area of NLC`s to be over the UK tonight/ morning.

and the last 24 hrs of radar returns from the IAP have been encouraging.
 
However

With Nasa`s latest NOAA 21 plot already showing a fluctuation in the amount of visible clouds

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Also being in the middle of a very angry Solar maximum at present it may be a big IF

Cloud cover permitting, I believe there will be a chance of a low altitude sighting

Happy hunting all🤞

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  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow
  • Location: Herne Bay, Kent (14 m)

03:17 BST this morning, only seemed to show up from 03 BST onwards

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  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
  • Weather Preferences: Columus Bigus Convectivus
  • Location: Birmingham, Harborne 160 asl
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After a dim showing at Flensburg just before 00.00, I had hope for a morning showing.

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Alas we were totally clouded out by morning twilight😮‍💨

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