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December 31, 2012 at 8:34 AM

That’s some sunrise

Several photographers around the area have been marveling at the amazing sunrise this morning. The low clouds and sunrise made for not only the pink-violet sky but also cast a shadow off the tip of Mount Rainier in this shot taken this morning from North Tacoma. (Photo by Suki Dardarian / Seattle Times)

In a story by KOMO News, meteorologist Scott Sistek offered this explanation for the unsual “chiaroscuro” effect in the above photo:

It only happens when the sun rises farther to the south as we head toward the winter solstice and has to be in the exact position to where Rainier blocks the first rays of morning light. Having a nice cloud layer around can sure act as a canvas as well!

There are several more photos in the KOMO post from similar sunrises in our area from days past.

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