CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Sunsets in north-central West Virginia have been beautiful as of late, but Friday’s finish to the day was extraordinarily lovely. Why? It’s because a “Sun Pillar” was spotted amidst the clouds.
What is a sun pillar? According to the National Weather Service, a sun pillar “appears as a shaft of light extending vertically above the sun, most often at sunrise or sundown.”
Sun pillars are a result of ice crystals falling through the air, reflecting the sun’s rays off of them causing a “pillar of light.”
Sun pillars usually occur when the sun is low on the horizon, typically during the winter season.
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