Rare Clouds Spotted in Kentucky
Check out the images below, I am sure you have seen the sun's rays of sunshine that poke through holes in cloud cover before, creating a majestic image in the sky. Those are called Crepuscular Rays and are fairly common...
However, did you know there also are Anti-Crepuscular Rays? This atmospheric optical phenomena occurs when low-angled sunlight gets blocked by cloud cover. It then becomes visible on the opposite horizon of the sun. For example, like this past Monday morning, the sunrise rays were be visible in the western sky. A thunderstorm in the vicinity of Lake Cumberland Monday morning, caused just such a ray. It was visible on a webcam from WBKO over Scottsville, Kentucky below.
There is also the animated gif showing a loop of those images that shows off the rays even better!
Below is a quick look of the storms that caused those rays from some different perspectives.
Tweet from Eddie Conner of what he saw of the storm and the radar imagery at the time.
First-light visible GOES-East satellite image showing the storm south of Liberty causing the shadow.
Viewing the series of storm to the south from Lexington this morning. Image courtesy of @kyanimalguy on Twitter.