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Total lunar eclipse, digiscoped through Pittsburgh city lights and haze, 8 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

8 November 2022

This week southwestern Pennsylvania witnessed many atmospheric effects from clear skies to troubled clouds, rainbows and a total lunar eclipse. Here are the stories behind six pictures.

  • Total lunar eclipse, 8 Nov 2022, 5:29am, photo through my birding scope. The sky was hazy and I am terrible at digi-scoping so by the time I got a decent shot of the moon it was leaving my view. But you get the idea.
  • Atmospheric optics around the sun, 5 Nov 2022, 9:20am, Yellow Creek State Park, PA. Ice crystals in the clouds produced two sun dogs, a 22 degree halo, and a circumzenithal arc (upside down rainbow at top). Click on the links to read about each phenomenon.
Ice crystals in the clouds produce two sun dogs, a 22 degree halo, and a circumzenithal arc, Yellow Creek State Park, 5 November 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
  • Layers of troubled clouds, 5 Nov 2022, 5:45pm: Later that same day two layers of clouds raced overhead in gusty wind. The lower layer threatened rain at the horizon while the upper layer glowed in sunlight.
Lower clouds threaten rain at the horizon while upper clouds catch sunlight, 5 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
  • Light mist over the Monongahela River at Duck Hollow, 3 Nov 2022, 10am.
Haze over the Monongahela River at Duck Hollow, 3 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
  • Rainbow over Pittsburgh, 6 Nov 2022, 1pm: On Sunday I hiked at Hays Woods with Linda Roth (in foreground) and the 40 Acres AKA Hays Woods Enthusiasts. We got caught in a brief downpour but there was a Big Sky reward: a beautiful rainbow.
Rainbow as seen from Hays Woods, Pittsburgh, 6 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
  • The sky glows before sunrise on a clear day, 7 Nov 2022, 6:27am.
Sunrise, 7 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

Keep looking up for more atmospheric effects.

(photos by Kate St. John)

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