An unusual thunderstorm turns the skies GREEN in an apocalypse-style ultra-rare event

A WILD storm has shocked Americans, who have seen the sky above them turn a brilliant green.

The strange weather event turned the Midwest sky neon green.

South Dakotans watched the green sky overtake the town of Sioux Falls

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South Dakotans watched the green sky overtake the town of Sioux FallsPhoto credit: South Dakota Department of Transportation
The eerie appearance is highly unusual and requires a very specific set of conditions to enter

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The eerie appearance is highly unusual and requires a very specific set of conditions to enterPhoto credit: Twitter/@jkarmill

On July 5, fierce winds swept across the heartland terrain at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, sending out hailstones the size of softballs.

Significant power outages and damage were reported.

Dubbed Derecho, the storm is unique to the Midwest and Great Plains states.

The derecho’s rare conditions turned the sky a mysterious, luminous green as it swept hundreds of miles.

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Washington Post meteorology correspondent Matthew Cappucci reported that the green skies are caused by a confluence of watery clouds and the time of day.

Water droplets in the clouds retain blue light while the late afternoon sun bathes the land in red/yellow light.

The two blend into a stunning hazy green sky.

“The colors displayed by storms over Siouxland … were unlike any in recent meteorological memory,” Cappucci wrote.

Social media lit up with awestruck Midwesterners and longtime storm chasers staring at the verdant skies.

“I’m still not over how menacing that derecho looked over Siouxland today,” a witness said wrote on Twitter with attached image.

“Derecho tonight felt like he was in a teaser for Season 5 of Stranger Things,” said another Twitter user added.

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Flyover country has faced increasingly intense weather patterns over the past decade, and a link has been made between harsh derechoes and rising temperatures.

The comfort and livability of the Midwest and other parts of the United States could change as rising temperatures give way to more violent storms.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5722961/freak-thunderstorm-turns-sky-green/ An unusual thunderstorm turns the skies GREEN in an apocalypse-style ultra-rare event

Chris Barrese

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