A very unusual storm caught the residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA on Tuesday afternoon (5). But it wasn’t the force of the wind, nor the rain: what caught our attention was the color of the sky, suddenly almost emerald green with shades of blue.
Don’t believe it? Look at this photo Posted by Jaden Karmill on Twitter.
Other residents in the area posted similarly interesting pictures.
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As if the photos weren’t enough, there’s also a video:
Video of green sky behind a wall cloud as it crosses Sioux Falls, SD
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Meteorologist Cory Martin unravels the mystery of green skies. According to him, water can act as a “prism” that reflects blue light when clouds laden with water are illuminated by the yellow light of sunset. It mixes with yellow tones and results in a green sky, as if dyed with dye.
The pictures of my family’s green skies in Sioux Falls are incredible! I had to dig up this fun green cloud infographic I made back in the day. Hail reports aren’t big at this time, but the storms pack a lot of moisture in this warm, tropical environment. #SDwx #IAwx pic.twitter.com/S39JLSRfEu
— Cory Martin (@cory_martin) July 5, 2022
Besides being beautiful, the storm was also intense: According to the U.S. National Weather Service, winds were recorded at nearly 100 mph (160 km/h), and 28,000 people were without power in the region. Now you know: if the sky suddenly turns green around you, first seek shelter, then save photos.
Source: USA Today
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