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Thunderstorms moved north to south across central Kansas today. They moved right through Topeka, but never got as far east as Lawrence. We are still in the circulation around the remnants of Dennis and this is helping those thunderstorms near Topeka to stay west. Wednesday we may see some destablization of the airmass and a few thunderstorms are possible. The best chance is coming in next week with the arrival of a cold front.
Posted by at July 12, 2005 5:36 PM
Gary, Question...On this date I was in south johnson county heading east,looking south, when my children said Look mommy a rainbow. It wasnt rainy, but it was hazy. It was a straight line rainbow, then when I looked through my sunroof I saw a perfect circle rainbow around the sun!! Other people saw it too, so I know Im not crazy. What was it? It was about 1pm. Is there an explanation? Would love to know. Thanks, Kelly B.
Hello, there! It sounds like you might have seen some refracting light from cirrus clouds... those that are high up in the atmosphere. These clouds are made up of ice crystals because they are so cold. The crystals can bend light... sometimes forming a "halo" around the sun.
There is an old rhyme "ring around the sun or moon... you'll step in a puddle soon". This is because cirrus clouds will blow off thunderstorm tops and drift downstream... usually the first sign thunderstorms are heading into an area.
Hope that helps!
Posted by: kelly baumgartel at August 4, 2005 11:12 AM