HUGE Spring Halo

Huge halos visible in the spring sky Wednesday over many sections of Florida caused quite a stir. Many of you sent me pictures.  I thought this shot from Adam Wlodarski, which so vividly shows the halo above the swimmers and others at the beach in Siesta Key, Florida illustrated just why the phenomenon caught the eyes of so many!!

This wider shot relayed to us from Adam Wlodarski in Siesta Key, Florida shows why this caught folks attention.  The halo dominated the sky. Photo courtesy of Adam Wlodarski, Siesta Key, Florida

Photo courtesy of Adam Wlodarski

Siesta Key, Florida

Angry Sky

This angry-looking sky was photographed Tuesday afternoon near Grayslake by Connor Healey.  You can see streamers of precipitation falling from the showers which bubbled up with daytime heating. Connor tells us rain and hail followed shortly after he snapped this shot.
angry skyPhoto courtesy of Connor Healey, Grayslake, IL

Yesterday's showers produced some impressive shafts of rain out of the base of the clouds--like this group of showers photographed by Amanda Rauch in DeKalb. Photo courtesy of Amanda Rauch, DeKalb, IL

Yesterday’s showers produced some impressive shafts of rain out of the base of the clouds–like this group of showers photographed by Amanda Rauch in DeKalb. Photo courtesy of Amanda Rauch, DeKalb, IL

Photographer Lorraine Mahoney sends us this lunar eclipse time sequence--you see it on the right side of this photo as the moon transitions to its orange and red hued Blood Moon-state----near the Fabyan Windmill out in the Fox Valley in Geneva. Photo courtesy of Lorraine Mahoney, Fabyan Windmill-Geneva, IL

Photographer Lorraine Mahoney sends us this lunar eclipse time sequence–you see it on the right side of this photo as the moon transitions to its orange and red hued Blood Moon-state—-near the Fabyan Windmill out in the Fox Valley in Geneva. Photo courtesy of Lorraine Mahoney, Fabyan Windmill-Geneva, IL

HERE'S David Spearman's shot of Tuesday morning's Blood Moon as photographed from Chicago. Photo courtesy of David Spearman, Chicago

HERE’S David Spearman’s shot of Tuesday morning’s Blood Moon as photographed from Chicago. Photo courtesy of David Spearman, Chicago

You can see how little ice remains on southern Lake Michigan in this shot. This ice floe was floating out on Lake Michigan and was photographed by Kyle Anderson near Holland, Michigan as Kyle was flying eastbound at the 5,500 ft. level.  It's a testament to how much of the once record level of ice has melted.  This ice is floating there in open water. Photo courtesy of Kyle Anderson, Near Holland Michigan

You can see how little ice remains on southern Lake Michigan in this shot. This ice floe was floating out on Lake Michigan and was photographed by Kyle Anderson near Holland, Michigan as Kyle was flying eastbound at the 5,500 ft. level. It’s a testament to how much of the once record level of ice has melted. This ice is floating there in open water. Photo courtesy of Kyle Anderson, Near Holland Michigan

HERE'S THE EASTER BUNNY---photographed by Bill Parkinson, a member of the Foresters Camera Club, amid Tuesday morning's snow. Photo courtesy of Bill Parkinson, Forester's Camera Club member

HERE’S THE EASTER BUNNY—photographed by Bill Parkinson, a member of the Foresters Camera Club, amid Tuesday morning’s snow. Photo courtesy of Bill Parkinson, Forester’s Camera Club member

Sue Stefanowicz headed out to feed the birds in the wake of Tuesday's ground covering snowfall. Here she's hand-feeding this Tufted Titmouse.  It's clear Sue has developed quite a rapport with this little fella. Photo courtesy of Sue Stefanowicz

Sue Stefanowicz headed out to feed the birds in the wake of Tuesday’s ground covering snowfall. Here she’s hand-feeding this Tufted Titmouse. It’s clear Sue has developed quite a rapport with this little fella. Photo courtesy of Sue Stefanowicz

John Tompkins sends us this shot of conditions earlier this evening in Osseo, MN ---a Minneapolis suburb.  John e-mailed “Chicagoans are actually lucky!!” Photo courtesy of John Tompkins, Osseo, MN

John Tompkins sends us this shot of conditions earlier this evening in Osseo, MN —a Minneapolis suburb.
John e-mailed “Chicagoans are actually lucky!!” Photo courtesy of John Tompkins, Osseo, MN

I received a flood of images of halos observed in Florida today.  These appeared to catch folks eyes—BIGTIME!! Photo courtesy of Bill Harris, Redington Shores, Florida

I received a flood of images of halos observed in Florida today. These appeared to catch folks eyes—BIGTIME!! Photo courtesy of Bill Harris, Redington Shores, Florida

This wider shot relayed to us from Adam Wlodarski in Siesta Key, Florida shows why this caught folks attention.  The halo dominated the sky. Photo courtesy of Adam Wlodarski, Siesta Key, Florida

This wider shot relayed to us from Adam Wlodarski in Siesta Key, Florida shows why this caught folks attention. The halo dominated the sky. Photo courtesy of Adam Wlodarski, Siesta Key, Florida

Weather snapshots

This spectacular shot of this morning's Blood Moon comes to us from Kevin Jung who attached his camera to the telescope at the James C. Veen Observatory near Lowell, MI--where the clouds parted at 3am just in time to allow Kevin this shot of this morning's Blood Moon at the lunar eclipse's point totality. Photo courtesy of Kevin Jung, At the James C. Veen Observatory, Lowell, MI

This spectacular shot of this morning’s Blood Moon comes to us from Kevin Jung who attached his camera to the telescope at the James C. Veen Observatory near Lowell, MI–where the clouds parted at 3am just in time to allow Kevin this shot of this morning’s Blood Moon at the lunar eclipse’s point totality. Photo courtesy of Kevin Jung, At the James C. Veen Observatory, Lowell, MI

INETTA CHARLES said she didn't think she'd see this scene in Merrillville, IN again this season---but here it was this morning in the wake of late Monday's late season snow!! Photo courtesy of Inetta Charles, Merrillville, IN

INETTA CHARLES said she didn’t think she’d see this scene in Merrillville, IN again this season—but here it was this morning in the wake of late Monday’s late season snow!! Photo courtesy of Inetta Charles, Merrillville, IN

RIMA KUPRYS of sends us this shot and says:  "NOTHING LIKE SPRINGTIME IN CHICAGO"  Snow on the season's emerging flowers!  Very true, Rima!! Photo courtesy of Rima Kuprys, Chicago

RIMA KUPRYS of sends us this shot and says: “NOTHING LIKE SPRINGTIME IN CHICAGO” Snow on the season’s emerging flowers! Very true, Rima!! Photo courtesy of Rima Kuprys, Chicago

Michelle Hicks says her daffodils are NOT AMUSED!! Photo courtesy of Michelle Hicks

Michelle Hicks says her daffodils are NOT AMUSED!! Photo courtesy of Michelle Hicks

WENDELL THACKER SAYS these birds peer from their birdhouse in disbelief over the 1" of new snow they're seeing in Munster, IN!  Photo courtesy of Wendell Thacker, Munster, IN

WENDELL THACKER SAYS these birds peer from their birdhouse in disbelief over the 1″ of new snow they’re seeing in Munster, IN! Photo courtesy of Wendell Thacker, Munster, IN

Mary Jane Cleeland from Sedonia, Arizona sends us this shot of last night’s Blood Moon and lunar eclipse . The clear Arizona skies provided perfect conditions for photography. There will be a total of  four lunar eclipses the next 18 months—the next one Oct 8, 2014 then April 4, 2015 and Sept 28, 2015 Photo courtesy of Mary Jane Cleeland, Sedonia, Arizona

Mary Jane Cleeland from Sedonia, Arizona sends us this shot of last night’s Blood Moon and lunar eclipse . The clear Arizona skies provided perfect conditions for photography. There will be a total of four lunar eclipses the next 18 months—the next one Oct 8, 2014 then April 4, 2015 and Sept 28, 2015 Photo courtesy of Mary Jane Cleeland, Sedonia, Arizona

One more from closer to home—from Leland, IL taken by Rita Burnam’s husband Chuck.  Next time there will be 4 consecutive lunar eclipses—18 years from now in 2032 & 33.  Photo courtesy of Rita & Chuck Burnam, Leland, IL

One more from closer to home—from Leland, IL taken by Rita Burnam’s husband Chuck. Next time there will be 4 consecutive lunar eclipses—18 years from now in 2032 & 33. Photo courtesy of Rita & Chuck Burnam, Leland, IL

That’s Saturday’s flowers and its 80-deg warmth on the left-----on the right is the scene after last evening’s snow—both in Griffith, IN.  .  TRACY      O—LECH—KNOW---WITZ  puts this clever before/after group of shots together illustrating our recent meteorological roller coaster ride. Photo courtesy of Tracy Olechnowicz, Griffith, IN

That’s Saturday’s flowers and its 80-deg warmth on the left—–on the right is the scene after last evening’s snow—both in Griffith, IN. . TRACY O—LECH—KNOW—WITZ puts this clever before/after group of shots together illustrating our recent meteorological roller coaster ride. Photo courtesy of Tracy Olechnowicz, Griffith, IN

Here’s the roof-top garden on top of Chicago City Hall downtown—covered by April snow. Christopher Duncan sends us this shot. Photo courtesy of Christopher Duncan, City Hall rooftop garden-Chicago

Here’s the roof-top garden on top of Chicago City Hall downtown—covered by April snow. Christopher Duncan sends us this shot. Photo courtesy of Christopher Duncan, City Hall rooftop garden-Chicago

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Tj Stilin put on his Santa hat and said HO HO HO—HAPPY EASTER! He carved “April 2014” into the snow piled high on his windshield. Tj will be able to look back on this shot when it’s in the 90s this summer. Photo courtesy of Tj Stilin

Here's a gorgeous shot of the Blood Moon from closer to home in Antioch, IL.  The colors in this shot from Ed Rzewnicki (ED REZ-NIKKI) are nothing short of spectacular! Photo courtesy of Ed Rzewnicki, Antioch, IL

Here’s a gorgeous shot of the Blood Moon from closer to home in Antioch, IL. The colors in this shot from Ed Rzewnicki (ED REZ-NIKKI) are nothing short of spectacular! Photo courtesy of Ed Rzewnicki, Antioch, IL

Latest weather snapshots

Bill----pictured here—Mary Elliot’s Golden retriever out in Streator—says of today’s snow----“YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!” I love the expression on this fella’s face. Photo courtesy of Mary Elliot, Streator, IL

Bill—-pictured here—Mary Elliot’s Golden retriever out in Streator—says of today’s snow—-“YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!” I love the expression on this fella’s face. Photo courtesy of Mary Elliot, Streator, IL

Nicole Esperson says her flowers can’t make up their mind whether it’s winter or spring after today’s round of snow! Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Illinois

Nicole Esperson says her flowers can’t make up their mind whether it’s winter or spring after today’s round of snow! Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Illinois

This is hail—NOT snow—which fell in those Saturday thunderstorms in this photo from Lynn Rockcastle who took this photo at Rt 14 and McGuire Road in Harvard, IL.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Rockcastle, Harvard, IL

This is hail—NOT snow—which fell in those Saturday thunderstorms in this photo from Lynn Rockcastle who took this photo at Rt 14 and McGuire Road in Harvard, IL. Photo courtesy of Lynn Rockcastle, Harvard, IL

Brian Kelly collected these hail stones Saturday in the northwest suburbs and places them with golf balls to illustrate their size. Photo courtesy of Brian Kelly, Northwest suburbs

Brian Kelly collected these hail stones Saturday in the northwest suburbs and places them with golf balls to illustrate their size. Photo courtesy of Brian Kelly, Northwest suburbs

Mark Perkowski of Inverness says---“Plate of hailstones anyone?” Photo courtesy of Mark Perkowski, Inverness, IL

Mark Perkowski of Inverness says—“Plate of hailstones anyone?” Photo courtesy of Mark Perkowski, Inverness, IL