Did you see a halo around the sun? Here is how it formed 

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

What is it and how does it form?

Multiple #SkyWitness7 reporters posted photos showing a beautiful phenomena: A halo around the sun.  

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains why we saw the halo:

LOCAL WEATHER: Snow expected to return to the area this week

  1. Thin high clouds had moved in. They are so high they are made up of ice crystals. 
  2. The sunlight is refracted in those ice crystals. This means the light changes directions or bends. 
  3. The ice crystals act like a prism breaking the colors a part creating a rainbow or halo around the sun. The light is also reflected outward so you can see it if you are positioned just right. 

This can also happen around the moon. 


Photo credit in video: Brooke Villinger-Jordan‎, Denise Stickles, and Travis Rupert. 


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STAY INFORMED: School-Business Closings, Delays

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Rain in downtown Dayton.
Rain in downtown Dayton.

Stay informed with the latest school delays and closings, business closings and snow emergencies.

Direct access to the most up-to-date list by clicking here.

Anytime, anywhere, on any device, you can access them 5 different ways: 

For information on how to enroll your school or business in the free School Watch Program, click here.

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Timing of snow, wind gusts for coming spring storm

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Meteorologist has the latest look at how the spring snow storm will impact you on the road.

spring snow storm will bring the biggest impacts to Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning’s commutes.

“Be sure to keep this in mind when you head out the door,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

>> Winter Weather Advisory issued; slick spots, reduced visibility possible 

The official start of spring is 12:15 p.m. today, March 20.

TUESDAY EVENING: Rain showers will change over to snow. Roads may stay mainly wet for the drive, but after sunset it will quickly accumulate.

Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. Tuesday and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.

OVERNIGHT: Snow falls and will accumulate quickly. Temperatures stay below freezing, so expect snow covered roads through the night.

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

>> Interactive flight delay map

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Snow will still actively fall during the morning drive. Accumulations  will be 3 to 4 inches for most. 

“Snow covered roads will be slick and blowing, as well as drifting snow will be a problem,” says Zontini.

>> Check school and business closings/delays

WIND: Tuesday and Wednesday there will be wind gusts at 25 to 35 mph. The winds will be coming from the north/northwest. Drivers on I-70 in either direction and those traveling north on I-75 should stay spaced out. The snow will also combine with the wind Wednesday morning, dropping visibility.

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Storms, possible tornado ravage parts of metro Atlanta

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:43 AM

Severe Weather Causes Damage In South Atlanta

A powerful storm system swept through north Georgia overnight, sending trees into roads, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power to thousands and leaving south Fulton County a disaster zone.

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>> PHOTOS: Storms blow through the South, leave damage in wake

More than 130 severe weather reports of large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes came in Monday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

>> Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know

“The severe thunderstorm and tornado threat is over in north Georgia,” WSB-TV meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But the cleanup is about to get underway.”

In Cobb County, a tree crashed into a home on Glenroy Place. Lightning hit a home in Gwinnett County. And in Clayton County, a fire damaged an eight-unit apartment in the 7200 block of Tara Boulevard.

>> These are the safest places in your home during a tornado

Food, shelter and other essentials were provided for 17 people affected by the fire, American Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.

But the most severe damage was reported in south Fulton and Haralson counties.

>> What's the difference between tornado watch and warning?

Storms ravaged homes and cars in a subdivision off Campbellton Fairburn Road.

“We expect a busy day ahead as daylight approaches, increasing visibility in hard-hit areas,” Nicholson said. “Currently, a team is on the ground in Fairburn, where homes in the Jumpers Trail neighborhood suffered significant damage.”

>> For complete coverage of the storms’ aftermath, head to AJC.com and WSBTV.com

The Haralson County School District canceled school and activities Tuesday “due to storm damage throughout our community that may make bus service impossible,” the district said on Facebook.

The Haralson County School District will be closed tomorrow, March 20th, due to storm damage throughout our community...

Posted by Haralson County School District on Monday, March 19, 2018

Georgia Power reported 273 outages affecting 10,025 customers.

“The electric membership cooperatives were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state,” Georgia EMC spokeswoman Terri Statham said.

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Ontario Alvarez was at his mother’s home in the 7100 block of Jumpers Trail with his 13-year-old brother when the storm moved in late Monday.

To protect the family, he dragged a mattress in a bathroom, where everyone hid to avoid the storm’s path.

“We’re from Florida, so we’re used to hurricanes,” Alvarez said. “But this was different. We didn’t see it coming. We didn’t know what to do.”

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Spring 2018: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

Meteorological Spring and Astronomical Spring – What’s the Difference?

Spring is finally here with the arrival of the vernal equinox, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are five things to know:

1. What is it? During the vernal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get exactly the same amount of rays. Night and day are almost equal length.

>> Spring 2018: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and astronomical spring?

2. What does equinox mean? The Earth spins on a tilted axis, which means its northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving more light as it orbits the sun. The axis is not inclined toward or away from the sun at the equinox, which is derived from the Latin words for equal (aequus) and night (nox).

3. Why is it important? For ancient societies, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes marked when winter turned to spring and when summer turned to fall, respectively, and helped people track time-sensitive things, such as when to plant crops.

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4. Didn’t spring start already? Meteorological spring started March 1. Forecasters like to start the season on the first day of March because they prefer a calendar in which each season starts on the same day every year. It helps with record keeping, among other reasons. But the Earth, sun and stars don’t quite conform to the Gregorian calendar – thus the vernal equinox doesn’t fall on the same day every year.

5. What's next? The summer solstice is June 21, but meteorological summer begins a few weeks earlier on June 1.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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