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Sun pillars put on a dazzling display in the winter sky Wednesday evening

Sun pillars put on a dazzling display in the winter sky Wednesday evening

As some clouds cleared out on Wednesday evening, there were still enough high level clouds to help contribute to a stunning sunset. Most of the pictures we received were in Wise County, and they showed a magnificent display of what's called 'sun pillars.'

As the sun is setting, its light is reflecting off of falling ice crystals from high level cirrus clouds. We see this happen more often in the winter, as the air is colder through a larger column of the atmosphere. That causes the pillar appearance that we see in the headline picture, as well as the ones below.

Photo: Teresa Osborne - Wise

Photo: Wally Smith - Norton

If you ever have any pictures from the weather in your area, be sure to send them to us on a new software we have called ChimeIn.

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