Steve's Atmospheric Optics
There are several excellent books available explaining weather and atmospheric phenomena:
 
* Rainbows, Halos, and Glories, by Robert Greenler, 1994, Peanut Butter Publishing.
* Light and Color in the Outdoors, by M.G.J. Minnaert, 1993, Springer-Verlag.
* Atmospheric Halos, by Walter Tape, 1994, American Geophysical Union.
* Color and Light in Nature, by D. K. Lynch and W. Livingston, 2001, Cambridge Univ. Press.
* Rare Halos, Mirages, Anomalous Rainbows and Related Electromagnetic Phenomena, by W. R. Corliss, 1984, Sourcebook Project.
* Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere, by S. A. Ackerman and J. A. Knox, 2003, Brooks/Cole.
* Out of the Blue, by John Naylor, 2002, Cambridge
* The Book of Clouds, by John A. Day, 2003, Silver Lining Books
* Kaleidoscope Sky, by Tim Herd, 2007, Abrams, Inc.
 
For Kids:
 
* Exploring the Sky by Day, by Terence Dickinson, 1998, Firefly Books.
* Light and Color, by F. Healey and P. Hamilton, 1962, John Day Company
These pages contain images of various atmospheric and weather effects I have seen while living in southern Arizona.  The images are from the Tucson area, the Santa Rita mountains, and an occasional plane trip. I was fortunate to work on Mt. Hopkins for many years, and the mountaintop weather there is phenomenal due to the isolated high altitude peak.  These photos were taken with a Nikon 990, Nikon 4500, Nikon P5000, Fuji F10, Konica Minolta 7D, Konica Minolta A2, and Sony A700.
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Sunsets
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Brocken Spectre
 
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Clouds
 
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Lightning
 
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Rainbows
 
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Sundogs and Halos
 
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CircumHorizontal/Zenithal
Arcs
 
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Crepuscular Rays
 
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Irisations
 
Be sure to visit Les Cowley's spectacular and informative website on Atmospheric Optics!
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Spider Web Diffraction
 
What's New
3-14-10:
* added to rainbow and crepuscular pages.  Added underlit lenticular to clouds page.
 
3-7-09:
   * added anticrepuscular display from plane.
   * added moon airy disk.
 
2-20-09:
   * Changed name from 'Phenomena' to 'Optics'.
   * Added subsun, glory, crepuscular trees, and moondog images.
 
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