Sky of the Day: Halo and goodbye

Lots of halo action today: a faint 22 degree halo, a faint circumzenithal arc and several faint sundogs, but they were mostly too washed-out and fleeting to photograph


Cloud of the Day: Cumulus

Sunbathing on the rooftops


Weather of the Day: Halo Sweetie…

Seems like someone in the Doctor Who special effects department knows a bit about about halos. This surprisingly accurate rendition is from Series 4, Episode 6: The Doctor’s Daughter, about 30 minutes in.


Cloud of the Day: Cumulus and Cirrus radiatus



Cloud of the Day: Cirrus duplicatus



Weather of the Day: misty,moist and drizzly

Watery web


Weather of the Day: Drizzle


Clouds of the Day: Cumulus, Cirrus intortus and a sundog

The more you look the more you see


Cloud of the Day: Circumzenithal arc

A glorious upside-down rainbow at the top of the sky


Cloud of the Day: Crepuscular rays

From the Nuffield Hospital in Leeds.


Cloud of the Day: Stratus

Oooooh a balloooooon!


Cloud of the Day: Cirrostratus

Yesterday Admin1 moved the solar panels around to catch such as there is of the winter sunlight. Of course it has been cloudy ever since.


Cloud of the Day: Cirrus uncinus with a parhelion


Sight of the Night: Great balls of fire

We saw the massive meteor sailing over our house. Our first fireball! Too quick to photograph but this is an artistic impression.

Admin1 adds:

I saw it at just before 11pm from the back upstairs window which faces east, between some trees. A very bright bluish point of light caught my eye, low in the sky; at first I thought it was a police helicopter with a searchlight, which we see occasionally around here. It travelled due west, and as it climbed the sky it brightened even more and started leaving a trail and throwing off multicoloured sparks, orange, gold, green, blue, red, white. It was clearly a fireball! I yelled at admin2 in the next room to look out of the window, as it passed overhead and out of my view. We bumped into each other in the hall, but she had time to look out of the spare room window and get a good view of the breaking-up object as it descended to the west. I reckon it was in view for at least 30 seconds, probably more (it’s very hard to estimate times in these circumstances!). Magnitude perhaps -10, probably much brighter in the early stages. No sound, and we couldn’t see any persistent trails (but street lights don’t help).

It was an extraordinary sight; it’s a great pity we didn’t have time to grab a camera, but admin2′s drawing above is pretty accurate (and it looked a lot more impressive than the currently published pics and videos suggest). No certainty yet as to whether it was a meteor or a re-entering spacecraft, which the multiple colours suggest it may have been. I’d go for a meteor….


Lard of the Day: Mandelbrot fat

Last night Admin2 burnt the supper and poured boiling water and detergent into the charred pan to help clean it. This morning the fat had congealed into fractal patterns.


Cloud of the Evening: Cirrostratus undulatus

Lurid pink sunset


Cloud of the Day: Heart of gold


Cloud of the Day: Undulatus asperatus

These clouds were only recognised in 2009