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Light pillars appear over West Michigan

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Light Pillars (photo courtesy the National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids}
Light Pillars (photo courtesy the National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids}

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- If you were up early this morning, you may have gotten to see an unusual phenomena called “light pillars”.

Brian Meade at the National Weather Service says they occur when it gets really cold outside and the conditions are right.

Snow crystals hanging in the air reflect the light back to the ground.

It looks like a number of spotlights pointed straight up at the sky.

He says it’s the man made lights that supply the light source for the pillars.

The more developed an area is, the more pillars will appear.

 

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