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Solar Halo on 5 March 1998


This picture was taken on the afternoon of 5 March 1998 at about 2:15 p.m.  The weather at the time was fine with base of cirrostratus at a height of 10000 metres.

picture showing solar halo on 5 march 1998

The most common halo is a luminous ring of 22 degrees radius surrounding the sun or moon, the space within the ring appearing less bright than that just outside.  The ring, if faint, is white but if more strongly developed the inner edge is a pure red, outside which yellow may be detected.

Halo is produced by refraction through ice crystals.  Usually, the sky is covered by cirrostratus or thick cirrus.

In Hong Kong, halo is not uncommon.  On the average, we can observe halo on about 3 days in a year.

The following table shows the number of days with solar halo observed at the Observatory.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
1976       1                 1
1977         1     2         3
1978       2 1               3
1979                         0
1980       1     1           2
1981         2   1           3
1982       1                 1
1983 1           2   1       4
1984       1 1   3 1 1       7
1985         1     2         3
1986       2 3       1   1   7
1987           1             1
1988             1           1
1989     1 1   1   1   1     5
1990     1 1 3   1   1       7
1991           2   2         4
1992         1               1
1993         2               2
1994         1       1       2
1995       2 2     1         5
1996       1                 1
1997       1       1         2
1998     1 4 2   3           10
1999           1   1     1   3
2000             1           1
2001           1   1         2
2002         1 2 1           4
2003           1             1


Last revision date: <19 Dec 2012>