Showers cropped up around Tampa Bay this morning ahead of a cold front that will bring chillier weather tomorrow. The weather produced an unusual phenomenon—a halo of light around the moon in last night's sky.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, a lunar halo is caused by the dispersion of light through ice particles in high-altitude clouds. Weather lore holds that it predicts unsettled weather, and today will certainly see a departure from yesterday's sunshine and warmth.
"We're going to have these occasional showers through about midday, and then they'll wind down mid-afternoon," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Josh Linker said.
Three recorded lightning strikes early Wednesday morning indicated that a few thunderstorms happened across the area. Morning showers should be lighter, but Linker said afternoon showers could be slightly heavier and longer in duration than the mid-morning variety.
Still, he said, they won't be total washouts.
"I'm not expecting anything terribly heavy," Linker said.
Thursday should be drier, but the cold front will bring wind, clouds and temperatures about ten degrees below average. Thursday's highs should be in the mid-60s.