Under the Weather: Educational Articles

Sun Pillars–Weather Education

April 19, 2012
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Sun Pillars–Weather Education

Sun Pillars! Such a wonderful sight, and I see them often on the New Mexico horizon. Sun pillars look exactly the way they sound. They are vertical streaks of light. They appear above and below a low sun as it shines through ice crystal clouds, generally Cirrus clouds, Cirrostratus, or Cirrocumulus, or ground level...

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Under the Weather–Educational Article–Crepuscular Rays

April 2, 2012
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Under the Weather–Educational Article–Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular Rays are magical. They appear in the sky when the clouds part and make you feel as if you can hear angels singing. Perhaps that’s why they’re also known as “God’s Rays.” Technically, Crepuscular Rays are rays of sunlight that shoot through gaps in the clouds, generally stratocumulus clouds. They often occur around...

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