Halo around the Sun in Hoboken (and NJ)

Halo around then Sun – does that mean stormy weather for Hoboken?

For an extended period this afternoon (including as I type this) there is / was a distinct rainbow halo around the sun. Doesn’t happen too often – and when it does, draws everyone to blind themselves by it’s mystique.

Why does it happen though? High cirrus clouds.

The thin cirrus clouds four or five miles up are extremely cold, and contain billions of small ice crystals, which in turn refract the light much in the same way a normal rainbow forms in the mist after a summer shower.

According to old weather folklore, people would often say when there’s a “ring around the moon, means rain soon.” Because these high clouds were often on the leading front of the next stormy system.

So what does that mean for us here in town? More Hoboken flooding? Or just on and off spring rain showers? Hope for the best!

(Thanks Ron for the photo.)

Rainbow Halo around the sun in Hoboken NJ - Halo around the Sun in Hoboken (and NJ)

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The Professor
The Professor
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:37 pm

I actually saw this from farther out west in Essex County, too. Was very incredible looking!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:27 pm

The halo around the sun is a message for Zimmer to leave town again while it floods.

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