Spectacular Solar Halo Seen in Fortuna

solar halo Fortuna, ca 6/5/18

A solar halo with a white fluff of clouds flowing outward from the center. [Photo by Lee Ann Walstrom]

Visitors gasp over the beauty of the Emerald Triangle’s skies-both the star strewn dark and the glowing blue day. But Fortuna, this afternoon, got an especially spectacular sky show–a solar halo.

A solar halo is “caused by high, thin cirrus clouds drifting high above your head,” according to EarthSky, a science news site. “Tiny ice crystals in Earth’s atmosphere create the halos. They do it by refracting and reflecting the light…[L]ike rainbows, halos around the sun – or moon – are personal. Everyone sees their own particular halo, made by their own particular ice crystals, which are different from the ice crystals making the halo of the person standing next to you.”

Did you ever capture a photo of a solar or lunar halo?



  • I’ve seen lots of lunar ones but never a solar one. Is the photo taken with a polarizing lens?

  • There’s a faint one visible from AP right now (2:00). My phone/camera skills won’t capture a good image.

  • Any way one can get a copy of the original? I’d love to hang this on my wall!

  • Wow I cant believe no one comments on what it really is…..

  • These are pretty common when the planes are leaving trails…. just sayin

  • What is it James?

  • Lee Ann will you allow me to reprint the photo with sun & halo for my personal enjoyment it will not be used for monetary gain nor will I ever say I took the photo?

  • Watched all day today as jets flew high in the sky leaving trails everywhere. Then the high clouds, followed by a solar halo. Now I see possible rain Friday night is predicted. And me with no roof over my head. Go figure.

    • Bingo. Solar radiation management, look up the patents. Theys sprayed really hard yesterday. It’s obvious to those who watch the sky every day. Always really heavy 2-3 days before the predicted rain. If you don’t believe me, get an outside job and watch the world around you.

  • Those clouds were created by airplanes. Watched it happen, not the first time and won’t be the last. Over just the last few years, airplane made clouds have become an almost daily presence. In October of 2013 they created massive cloudfronts offshore for weeks, it was really something to witness.

    • They are called “chem trials” and the process is called geoengineering and it’s something that’s been patented since the mid 90s and is not a conspiracy as it is something that has been documented. I was on the coast in arcata/eureka today and they were spraying heavy, also this morning in willow creek.

  • Alt Right For Life

    RHBB is part of the aerosol operation media cover up?

    Planes shouldn’t leave contrails at low altitude, but they do now.

    • I’ve got a great photo of a huge trail well below 10,000 ft. raining who knows what over the Arcata bottoms and east to west, with several trails in production over elevation. Heads in the sand can’t explain those really low trails without admitting they don’t know squat.

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