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Thursday morning brings a rare scene

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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.

Comments

Stuart Evans 4 years, 11 months ago

reminds me of how much the figure Jesus is taken from the pagan worship of the sun.

overthemoon 4 years, 11 months ago

can we have a picture without captions, too?

mwmiller 4 years, 11 months ago

I've got the originals posted in a photo gallery on LJWorld's sister TV station (49ABC-Topeka). The best photos were sent in from Haddam, KS.

http://www.ktka.com/photos/galleries/2010/jan/01/january-2010-weather-photos/

joshua1532 4 years, 11 months ago

When I saw these today, it reminded me of when I lived in Minnesota. The weather week we are experiencing is similar to 1-2 straight months up there.

satie 4 years, 11 months ago

Hahaha. AreUWhatever... go worship your rear end, putz.

brian1981 4 years, 11 months ago

Certainly first century Jews must have resembled our favorite yellow star, so I can see how someone could think that.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 11 months ago

I saw the pair of rainbow arcs framing the sun yesterday afternoon as well. very cool.

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