Crepuscular rays wow the Mountain State


CLARKSBURG, W. Va. – If you looked to the sky Tuesday afternoon, a halo-like ray of light came down from the clouds.

This was visible on the StormTracker 12 Weather Eye in Clarksburg at 4:20 PM this afternoon.

What are crepuscular rays? They are the sun’s rays converging on the horizon.

According to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, crepuscular rays appear to diverge outward from the setting sun. They are visible only when the atmosphere contains enough haze or dust particles so that sunlight in unshadowed areas can be scattered toward the observer.

Usually, crepuscular rays occur during or around sunrise and sunset.

If you see any cool weather phenomena where you live, please email it to, or post it to the StormTracker 12 Facebook and Twitter pages.

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