Sunrise Pillar

This morning we were treated to a prominent and long lasting sun pillar.  It became visible about ten minutes before sunrise and remained in place a few minutes after the sun had fully cleared the horizon.  Driving along Route 162, there were a number of other people pulled over to get a picture.  Too bad none of us had anything other than mobile phone cameras, since the crammed-in optics do a poor job with sky shots.  The actual pillar had a lot more contrast than shown in the photo, far exceeding the camera’s dynamic range.

Sun Pillar

By the way, here and here are summaries of the meteorology involved in this phenomena.

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