Sun Pillars Across Southwest Wisconsin on Monday

A sun pillar is column of light usually seen extending above (or sometimes below)  the sun either around sunrise or sunset (low sun angle).  The pillar of light is caused by the sun's light reflecting off of thin, hexagonally shaped ice crystals falling from clouds.

Below are some pictures of sun pillars, taken on Monday, November 24th near the town of Grant City in Grant County, Wisconsin.  These images are courtesy of Penny Zabel, of the National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan.

This diagram shows how hexagon ice crystals produce plate pillars

 

sun pillars, taken on Monday, November 24th near the town of Grant City in Grant County, Wisconsin   

sun pillars, taken on Monday, November 24th near the town of Grant City in Grant County, Wisconsin

sun pillars, taken on Monday, November 24th near the town of Grant City in Grant County, Wisconsin



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