Thursday morning brings a rare scene

Just about anywhere in Northeast Kansas, we had the pleasure of seeing some of the best displays of optical effects we ever get. After Wednesday’s snowfall, the atmosphere was full of suspended ice crystals.

Normally, only a high-level cirrostratus cloud can contain enough suspended ice crystals to create some of these effects, but with the Arctic air in place we got an optical treat.

In this photo, you can see several optical effects all showing up at once. Sun dogs, perhelic circle, upper tangent arc, sun pillar and 22-degree halos all at one time.