CLEVELAND (WJW) — Something in the sky caught the attention of some Northeast Ohioans Saturday morning.
Some FOX 8 viewers wrote in, saying they caught sight of a 360-degree rainbow. But there’s more to it than that.
FOX 8 Meteorologist Scott Sabol says this very common phenomenon is called a moon halo. Were you among the people who saw the glorious ring today, like the one below from November?
“It occurs when high clouds (cirrus clouds) are present when the moon is very bright,” Sabol said. “Sunlight (moonlight) is bent as it passes through the ice crystals. The crystals are oriented in such a way where the bent light looks like a halo.”
For more on the science behind weather, visit Scott Sabol’s World of Weather blog here.