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Incredible Sun Halo Display in Sweden

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Fewer things in this world excite me more than seeing how ice crystals and the sun interact with our atmosphere. Atmospheric optics cover anything from rainbows and fog bows to cloud iridescence, sun halos and everything in between. 

One of the best sun halo displays ever seen was captured on video Friday in Sweden. The phenomenon consisted of two sun halos (22° and 46°), a tangent arc, a sun pillar, parhelic circle, and parhelia (sun dogs). It is rare for all of these to occur simultaneously. When it does, it is the crème de la crème of atmospheric arcs!

See the video, here: https://twitter.com/SethPhillipsWx/status/937300410477481984

These arcs form when ice crystals high in the atmosphere are in the perfect place for the observer to see the sun's light refracted. They usually form on high pressure days with thin cirrus in the high levels of the atmosphere. Arcs can form with colors of the rainbow, or just a bright light.

Example of what was seen in Sweden:

(Image Courtesy: Atmospheric Optics)

Next time we get a sunny day with the cirrus clouds overhead, look up and see if you can spot any of the atmospheric optics mentioned above!

-Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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