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Top 10 romantic weather phenomena

We take a look at the top ten romantic or magical weather conditions. Check out our top 10 romantic weather phenomena:

1. Halo

Halo. Photo: Mike Baird

The most angelic of weather phenomena, a Haloes can sometimes appear around the sun or the moon.

Most common when cirrostratus clouds are present, a halo forms when light passes through ice crystals and is refracted.  

Unfortunately, the weather they signify is less than angelic; a halo often means rainfall is on the way.

2. Heart-shaped clouds

Heart cloud. Photo: Mumu X

Clouds can form in virtually any shape, and just once in a while they are captured looking particularly special, in this instance a perfect heart.

3. Snowflakes


Every Snowflake is unique, but because the molecules in the ice crystals that create snowflakes join together in a hexagonal structure they always have six sides.

4. Double rainbow

Double Rainbow. Photo: Lauri Kosonen

Double rainbows are relatively rare and form when the light which forms the primary rainbow is refracted for a second time to cause a second fainter outer rainbow. As the light has been reflected a second time, the colours in the secondary rainbow are reversed.

5. Frost

Frosty morning sunrise

Frost forms on still, clear and cold nights when cool air causes water vapour in the air to condense and form in droplets on surrounding objects.

When the temperature of the ground or surface falls below 0 °C, the droplets freeze into ice crystals forming frost.

6. Dew

Dew on a rose. Photo: Kango

In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio elegantly muses upon Katherine; "I'll say she looks as clear, as morning roses newly washed with dew." 

Dew is small droplets of water which form during calm weather as the air cools and moisture condenses. It is particularly striking when settling on flowers and grass with an early morning sunrise reflecting through it.

7. Iridescent clouds

Iridescence cloud. Photo: Adrian Lifa

Iridescence occurs in high level cumulus clouds on rare occasions when light is diffracted by water droplets or ice crystals to create a stunning vivid display of colour.

8. Crepuscular rays

Crepuscular rays. Photo: Chevy111

Crepuscular rays are beams of sunlight that have been scattered across the sky, seemingly from the point in the sky where the sun is located giving the sky a warm almost ethereal softness.

9. Red sunsets

Red sunset

Sunsets are often one of nature's most beautiful sights, forming when the light from the setting sun is forced to travel through more of the atmosphere to reach us. When this occurs more of the blue light from the sun is scattered, so we see more of the red light giving the sunsets their romantic colours.

10. Diamond dust

Diamond dust

Diamond dust consists of extremely small ice crystals, usually formed at extremely cold temperatures, below -30 °C. The name diamond dust comes from the sparkling effect created when light reflects on the ice crystals in the air.

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