Sun halo captures Central Texans’ attention Sunday

Image courtesy of viewer Hannah Thomas.

Behind Saturday’s powerful cold front, dry, cool air has been filtering into Central Texas. Even though skies cleared out heading into sunrise Sunday, a few high cirrus clouds developed by Sunday afternoon. Through the cirrus, the sun appeared to have a halo effect.

Image courtesy of viewer Jane Sandstrum.

Cirrus clouds are perfect for weather phenomena like sun halos and sun dogs, because they’re the highest clouds in the atmosphere — made of ice crystals — and sunlight can reflect and refract in fascinating ways through them.

Image courtesy of viewer Joe Freeman.

Sometimes cirrus can be an indicator that stormy conditions are 2-3 days away: not so in our case this week. Our Thanksgiving week forecast looks bright and dry, with the potential for more cirrus days, along with some lower-level clouds. Send in any neat photos of weather in Central Texas through the KXAN First Warning Weather App.

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