Beautiful Cloud Shadow

I took this snapshot from our Orange Beach camera this morning shortly after 6:00.

This beautiful pre-sunrise moment is called a cloud shadow.  A very thin layer of clouds high in the upper atmosphere acts like a screen; a thicker cloud is just beyond the horizon.  Because the pre-sunrise light is low in the sky, the thick cloud casts a shadow on that screen and the result is this lovely weather phenomenon.

Cloud shadows can happen at sunset, too, so keep looking up!

John Nodar

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