911 caller concerned about ring around the sun, a 22-degree halo formed by ice crystals

TAMPA - One woman looked up in the sky Wednesday, and saw a ring around the sun. She called 911 to report the sighting.

Listen to the entire 911 call: http://wfts.tv/P7RVrs

She likely witnessed a sun halo. It's also known as a 22-degree halo.

According to ABC Action News Meteorologist Denis Phillips, a 22° halo is caused by tiny ice crystals contained in high cirrostratus clouds. The sunlight (or moonlight) REFRACTS through the ice at a 22 degree angle.

Phillips added that the halo is a common event.

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