Frigid weather creating “ice pillars”


You may not be able to stop shivering these days, but nature has been putting on quite a show during this frigid weather.

If you’ve wandered out into the arctic cold during the night this past week, you may have been confronted with beams of light shooting straight up into the sky. Keith sent in a picture of what we call “ice pillars.”

The same suspended ice crystals that reflect ground light sources to produce the pillars also refract the light of the rising sun producing this phenomenon called “sun dog” or a “mock sun.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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