Mt. Rainier Majesty

May 26, 2005

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Provided by: Steve Johnston
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Steve Johnston

How would you like to start each day with a view such as this? The above photo of the majestic, snow capped Mt. Rainier was captured from my back yard early one morning this past winter. The crimson and orange altostratus sky and lower altitude clouds in the shape of an inverted cone gave the impression that this impressive volcanic mountain had just erupted. Near the horizon, the long path length of sunlight through the lower atmosphere results in the reddened sky -- the colorless stratus clouds are too low to reflect the Sun's rays. Mt. Rainier, at 14,410 ft (4,392 m), is the highest point in Washington State.

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