Sunday, January 24, 2016
Ice Crystal Phenomenon
Have you ever been out on a very cold night and seen this amazing sight?
My grandson is 20 and leaves for work each morning at 4:30 AM. The other morning shortly after he left the house I got a text from him, which was pretty alarming because he just left. Since he drives down a dark county road to get to work, he saw this sight and was EXTREMELY excited. His text said there were weird lights in the sky...all over the place. I thought maybe he was seeing the Northern Lights. NO!! He Texted. They are pillars of lights coming from the earth. Well, at 4:30 in the morning, Terry and I heated the car to see what the heck he was talking about. I had never seen this Phenomenon myself, but looking down the highway, I could see they were coming from lights--some from street lights.
You could see little crystals of snow in the headlights, that could not be seen unless you were looking into the light. Later in the day the weather man said he had received a lot of phone calls asking why the snow looked so crystally and what the heck are those light pillars coming from. He explained that when the air is really cold it zaps the moisture from the air which causes tiny little ice crystals to glow in the light. It's just really a beautiful sight to see. Have YOU seen it?