Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Almost Wordless: Circumhorizon Arc

It had been gray for so long I thought I had simply fallen out of love with the sky and atmospheric optics. What would pull me out of the house to look up anymore? Anything? Then the skies turned blue. Then a display of clouds and ice crystals, a 22 degree halo around the sun lasting for hours, and ever so briefly a circumhorizon arc formed below the halo. It's so faint you can hardly see it, but it's there. It's there. My love had been renewed.

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  1. Glad to hear that you're in love again! If you'd been in the west of England recently you might have seen a pink rainbow.
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/spectacular-pink-rainbow-spotted-over-west-of-england-a3606811.html

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    1. John-- That pink rainbow is so beautiful. I'm so in love with our skies!

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  2. Beautiful, really would like to see one of those here

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    1. Billy-- I hope you see one there. Always block the sun, and then look around at the surrounding clouds for the colors. It's always magical.

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  3. Nice! It rained here for over a week straight. On the day it started to clear up, there was a rainbow that stretched the entire road as I was coming home from the grocery store. I wish I could have taken a photo, but there was nowhere for me to pull over. It was certainly a pretty way to end a miserable stretch of weather.

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    1. Sharon-- Yes! A rainbow is the perfect way to end a miserable stretch of weather. Six months of gray skies knocked me out, but one circumhorizon arc lifted me right back up!

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    1. 37paddington-- One of my most favorite things.

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  5. I have never heard of this particular phenomenon. I always learn something about the sky from your blog!

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    1. Steve-- The sky is full of amazing sights when the sun, ice crystals and clouds meet. It makes me so happy!

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  6. Wow! When I looked very closely I saw it! And learned about pink rainbows in the same day! Thank you (-:

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    1. am-- I'm so glad you saw it. It's a pale one, but it's definitely there. Yes to pink rainbows too!

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  7. I have noticed that you haven't been looking up lately and have missed all the things you see that most of us never do. So glad the blue skies have returned. I often learn when I come here.

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  8. Patti-- That's how gray it's been here for months. It's so heart-lifting to have blue skies again, and the wow moment of an atmospheric optic.

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  9. I'm with Steve . . I had never heard of it either. We spend a lot of time studying the clouds, well, gazing at them, here.

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    1. Catalyst-- I fell in love with atmospheric optics when I saw my first iridescent clouds. It's been a love affair now for a decade.

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  10. Oh, I love me some atmospheric optics! We see all kinds of great sunset cloud formations when we're driving home from town, but there's never any place to stop and get any shots. If we can't see it at sunrise, we just never get a good look at it.

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    1. Mark-- I wish you could see more sky. I would love to see what is happening in your skies there.

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  11. so glad you are now getting some sunshine! I love your sky photos and stories.

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    1. Tara-- It has been sunny and beautiful. I photographed a cloud formation and sent it off to the Cloud Appreciation Society. I am so in love again!

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