Storm Team 12 explains 'moon ring' in Kansas sky

Published: Dec. 19, 2018 at 10:07 PM CST
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A pleasant view in the Kansas sky Wednesday night features what appears to be a halo around the moon. You've likely seen this before, and if you're wondering what causes it, Storm Team 12 has your answer.

Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen explains the ring around the moon is caused by ice crystals that are about 20,000 feet into the air. Ross says light bounces off the ice crystals to create the halo.

He says the halo is more common when a storm is approaching, but in the case Wednesday night, the storm is moving away from Kansas.