I know I have mentioned over and over how bleak and dreary the skies have been here. For an atmospheric optic lover like myself, it has been downright miserable. I run out every morning hoping for at least a hint of something that sunlight has brought to the persistent cloud cover, and every morning it's just been BLAH...until Monday. Oh my, the sky was blue with a scattering of wispy clouds.
I saw this.
a upper tangent arc. It wasn't the best I had ever seen, but I was
dancing for joy. Oh when an upper tangent arc makes your day, you know
you're crazy hooked on optics. I went out back to put the chimney
between me and the sun, so I could get a better look. That's when I
noticed a parhelic circle shining by the
sundog (to the left of the chimney by the corner of the house). Do you see it too? I'm sure it's there.
looked higher in the sky and saw a supralateral arc that was much more
visible to my eye than it was to the camera's lens. It was a faint faint
circle high above the upper tangent with an even fainter hint of a
circumzenithal arc. It was there. I saw it. I danced some more.
Here's a view I found on the internet that shows where these arcs can be found in the sky.