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Predicting Weather by Looking at Moon

Since the beginning of time, man has wondered about the moon and despite all the information out there, many folks still have questions about that big ball in the night sky.

Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick looked into the ring around the moon and if it really is a signal of bad weather.

Did you know, you can sometimes predict the weather by just looking at the moon? Sounds strange, but it's sometimes true. One e-mail question Josh received recently has to do with some weather folklore. Jane in Jackson, Ohio asked, “Earlier tonight I saw a huge ring or halo around the moon. What causes this phenomenon and does it signal a weather change?”

The ring or halo around the moon is caused by the refraction or bending of moonlight, which of course we all know moonlight is reflected sunlight from ice crystal clouds known as cirrus clouds in the upper atmosphere.

Folklore has it that a ring around the moon signifies bad weather is coming, and in many cases this may be true. On the night Jane saw the halo around the moon a cold front was about to move through. Sure enough, a few hours later gusty rains moved in and so did much colder and snowier weather.

During the day when the sun's out you can see this same feature around the sun, so keep your weather eye to the sky and remember your weather is always right here on our web channel wsaz.com.

If you have a weather related question for Josh, simply shoot him an email to josh.fitzpatrick@wsaz.com, and if you're lucky, Josh will read and answer your question on First at Five.


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