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Photographer snaps heavenly photo of Mt. Rainier

Photographer snaps heavenly photo of Mt. Rainier

It's amazing what some sinking air can do when it's at the right place at the right time.

John Meadows took this photo of the sky opening up at just the right spot to catch a sunbreak over Mt. Rainier.

He says it was taken at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2010 from Sumner.

The skies were mostly overcast that morning, but it looks like air flowing over Mt. Rainier created some localized turbulence that opened up a small hole in the sky.

When air gets turbulent, it can rise and sink. Sinking air dries as it does so, and create holes in the clouds.

Here is a larger version of the photo: (Download even larger version here)

And here is the visible satellite loop taken that morning, courtesy of the University of Washington. I circled the area to watch on the first frame of the animation.

The loop pauses on the last frame, which is at 9:15 a.m. (1715 UTC).

Thanks John for the incredible photo!

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