In pictures: Rare nacreous clouds spotted over Lincoln

People in Lincoln were treated to rare sightings of rainbow coloured nacreous clouds on Monday, February 1 – otherwise known as mother-of-pearl clouds.

Polar stratospheric nacreous clouds are clouds in the winter polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters (49,000–82,000 ft), and are best viewed at twilight.

Residents have taken to social media to share their photos of the beautiful technicolour scenes and The Lincolnite reader Charles Simpson got in touch with his stunning pictures.

Charles Simpson

Charles Simpson

He said: “The final shot is of the sunset when the nacreous clouds all merged together into one beautiful display.”

Photo: Charles Simpson

Photo: Charles Simpson

Photo: Stuart Cooling

Photo: Stuart Couling

Photo: William Matthews

Photo: William Matthews

Photo: Victoria Elwess

Photo: Victoria Elwess

Photo: Ann Bradshaw

Photo: Ann Bradshaw

Clouds over Gainsborough. Photo: Leigh Dowsett

Clouds over Gainsborough. Photo: Leigh Dowsett

The sky over Kirkby on Bain. Photo: Danielle Pole

The sky over Kirkby on Bain. Photo: Danielle Pole

Skies over Gainsborough. Photo: Clive Maclennan

Skies over Gainsborough. Photo: Clive Maclennan

Taken over RAF Cranwell. Photo: Flisher Photography

Taken over RAF Cranwell. Photo: Flisher Photography

Taken over RAF Cranwell. Photo: Flisher Photography

Taken over RAF Cranwell. Photo: Flisher Photography

Taken from Junxion student accommodation in Lincoln. Photo: Mick Elliott

Taken from Junxion student accommodation in Lincoln. Photo: Nick Elliott

Nacreous clouds over Grimsby dock tower. Photo: Mark Parrott

Nacreous clouds over Grimsby dock tower. Photo: Mark Parrott

Photos by Debbie O'Carroll Cullington, taken over Lincolnshire on the morning of February 2.

Photos by Debbie O’Carroll Cullington, taken over Lincolnshire on the morning of February 2.

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Debbie O’Carroll Cullington

Did you take a picture of the clouds? Send them in to news@thelincolnite.co.uk to be included in the gallery.