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Any one look at the moon tonight?
« on: 02/04/2009 03:57:23 »
I was about 9:30 EST when I looked at the moon and there was this circle around it, not close futher away. I tired taking a pictuer but it didn't get it. I don't know how to explain it, but I've never seen it before. Anyone else?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 02/04/2009 04:22:52 »
Yep - it the moon's light being dispersed by water vapor. There folk aphorism about "if there is a ring around the moon there will soon be rain" but I cannot remember it, only the meat of the saying. I don't believe it is true but may have a small connection.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 02/04/2009 09:50:14 »
What you are seeing is caused by cirrus clouds, the folklore "if there is a ring around the moon there will soon be rain" relates to the cirrus being the leading part of an approaching warm front.

Warm front
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/af/frnts/wfrnt/def.rxml

22 Halo around the moon
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circmoon.htm
 

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« Reply #3 on: 02/04/2009 15:43:03 »
Yep - it the moon's light being dispersed by water vapor. There folk aphorism about "if there is a ring around the moon there will soon be rain" but I cannot remember it, only the meat of the saying. I don't believe it is true but may have a small connection.
My parents believed that but more precisely that in one more day there would be rain! So if you saw the ring it meant that in a day or day and half it would rain!

A lot of farmers went by that!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 02/04/2009 15:43:58 »
What you are seeing is caused by cirrus clouds, the folklore "if there is a ring around the moon there will soon be rain" relates to the cirrus being the leading part of an approaching warm front.

Warm front
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/af/frnts/wfrnt/def.rxml

22 Halo around the moon
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circmoon.htm

Thanks Paul! Nice links.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 03/04/2009 04:05:02 »
Yep - it the moon's light being dispersed by water vapor. There folk aphorism about "if there is a ring around the moon there will soon be rain" but I cannot remember it, only the meat of the saying. I don't believe it is true but may have a small connection.

hah wow. it rained 24 hours later. and lots of lightining which i havne't seen forever!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 03/04/2009 09:56:18 »
Here too today and we had a ring night before last.
 

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