Ring Around the Sun on Monday Evening

April 10, 2012 9:54 am · 5 comments

Did anybody see that rind around the sun on Monday evening?

We got this picture from Michael, who also wrote the following comment….

I’ve always found that signs from the Heavens to be really cool to observe. As I was putting birdseed into my feeders this evening I observed an event that I haven’t “noticed” for some time. I remember as a kid seeing this more often. I guess that as an adult, I just don’t pay attention to nature as much anymore. Attached is a photo of a ring around the sun.

From the internet:

In folklore, a ring (often called a halo) seen around the sun or the moon means precipitation (usually rain) is coming.

Looks like it was correct!

Thanks to Michael in Concord for the photo!

1 Dude April 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Noticed this on Sunday afternoon as well.

2 Tanya April 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I noticed it late afternoon while working in San Leandro. All I could do was stare at it.

3 Charles-the-cat April 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

It’s the mother ship! …’bout time.

4 TinFoiler April 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Nothing to see here, move along.
Or maybe it’s the April Fireballs, LOLz!!!

5 WelshCord April 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Well it’s not just folklore, it’s science. The halo is made of ice crystals not all that high up (frozen nascent rain drops). There are much more than a halo’s worth. It is just that in that ring, they refract the sunlight at just the right angle for you to see them. Those ice crystals mean that there is enough moisture in the atmosphere to start condensation into rain drops. So rain will indeed follow. You can sometimes seem a halo around a bright moon too (and nights are more likely to be freezing in the atmosphere around here).

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