Fire In The Sky? And Heat Building In.June 7th, 2012 at 7:48 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
The first order of business is a cool photo that was sent in to our station. It is commonly called a fire rainbow cloud even though no fire is actually involved.
The rare pic was sent in from Donna Vaughn in Virginia Beach. A few things need to come together for this to happen. The cloud needs to be at a certain height and the sun has to be at a high angle. It is basically a special cirrus cloud with ice crystals in it that has light refracted through it at just the right angle. It actually has a fancy scientific name: Circumhorizontal Arc Cloud. For more info on the subject click here: Fire Rainbow Cloud.
Today we’ll see partly cloudy skies with only a stray shower possible late in the day coming out of D.C. We do still have an upper level low over us, but it has weakened a bit. Also it is fairly dry at the surface. So the rain chance is very low. Highs will stay cool (70s) with a light northeast wind. The humidity is low, but noticeable when the breeze doesn’t blow.
Tomorrow the cooler temperatures and the upper level low are bye-bye. High pressure will build in along with a strong upper level ridge. These together will produce subtle sinking air which will cause a lot of sunshine and a lot of heating. Highs will be in the low 80s tomorrow, but upper 80s to low 90s Sunday and Monday. We’ll finally get a chance to dry things out with no real rain expected until next Wednesday. That will be good news for some of the local area wheat farmers who haven’t been able to get their crops harvested due to the wet fields.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler