What Were These Mysterious Lights Above Mt. Washington Today?
Check out these amazing pillars of light seen from the Mt. Washington Observatory at dawn. Any guesses what they might be? Weather weirdness? Aliens? Dirty camera lens? The End of the World?
The smart guys and gals at the MWO say it was light crystals. The lights from Berlin, NH lit them up. Amazing!
A Light PIllar, huh According to Wikipedia:
A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical band of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds. The light can come from the Sun (usually when it is near or even below the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. It can also come from the Moon or from terrestrial sources such as streetlights.
They've had a good week on the mountain. Check out this shot of the Northern LIghts earlier this week.
And Mt Washington had to deal with the Wind Storm like all of us in Northern New England did. Except the winds up there were 130 MPH!!