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Weather Talk: Sun pillars a rare sight

Among the more beautiful sights in the sky is the relatively rare sun pillar; a vertical shaft of light going straight up out of the rising or setting sun and it can only been seen when there is a view of the horizon. Their existence is usually f...

Among the more beautiful sights in the sky is the relatively rare sun pillar; a vertical shaft of light going straight up out of the rising or setting sun and it can only been seen when there is a view of the horizon.  Their existence is usually fleeting as they require just the right sort of ice crystals falling out of fairly high level clouds. As the sun moves toward the horizon, the proper angle may be in place only for a minute or two.  The clouds must be thin as there must be enough sunlight reaching your eyes to see the spectacle.  These high-level cirrostratus clouds are a bit more common in the fall and winter so sun pillars are a bit more common this time of year.  A bright moon can also create a moon pillar under just the right conditions. These displays signify nothing and so should not to be feared.  They just make a pretty, somewhat rare sight.     John Wheeler

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