Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Halo spectacle shines in western Qld skies

By Chrissy Arthur, Tuesday November 6, 2012 - 14:30 EDT
Audience submitted image
The weather bureau says the effect is due to ice crystals in the high cloud over the region. - Audience submitted

Ice crystals in the upper atmosphere have caused a halo to appear around the sun in central-west Queensland.

The weather bureau says it is not an uncommon phenomenon to see a ring around the sun when there is high cloud about.

Forecaster Rick Threlfall says the effect is due to ice crystals in the high cloud over the region.

"Mainly in the cirrus clouds ... around about eight to 10 kilometres high up in the atmosphere," he said.

"Those ice crystals just tend to ... refract the light and split it up into the colours that you see in the halo."

He says the halo could be visible for the rest of today.


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Emotional reunion with wife for survivor of trawler capsize in central Queensland

17:50 EDT

The man who is thought to be the sole survivor of a trawler capsize off the central Queensland coast has had an emotional reunion with his wife in Gladstone.

Roads remain cut, homes evacuated as floodwaters rise in southern Queensland

16:30 EDT

Torrential rain has severely damaged local roads and wiped out crops in Queensland's North Burnett region, as community leaders call for immediate action by the State Government.

Early-season deluge continues in Queensland

14:41 EDT

Unusually heavy October rainfall continues to soak eastern Queensland as records tumble along the state's North Tropical Coast.