Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Spectacular sunrise video from December 16, 2009

Wintertime can produce some absolutely amazing sunrises. Many times, high clouds are present with clear dry air below, which allows for the sun's rays to light up the high clouds before the sun reaches the horizon. I'm not sure what else it is about winter, but I've seen more spectacular sunrises in winter than any other time of year.

Back on December 16, I was fortunate enough to anticipate a great sunrise over Bartlett, TN and grabbed the video camera, setting it up on a tripod pointing west-southwest. With assistance from the official videography service of MemphisWeather.net, Gemini Media Transfer Service (or Gemini Multimedia), a time-lapse of about 30 minutes of video (taken between about 6:30-7:00am) was shortened to just over 30 seconds. Check out the results below. If I didn't know better, I would think we had two sunrises that morning! Let me know what you think.

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Kevin said...

Very nice !!

paul yeager said...

Great video, Erik. Interesting how the clouds interacted with the sun to create the double-rise effect; if you hadn't mentioned that, I might have thought it was a loop.

It's better for me if I imagine it being a sunset, though; me and getting up before the sun don't go well together!

Meteorologist Erik Proseus said...

Thanks Kevin and Paul!

I didn't really realize it produced color twice until I watched the loop myself. Amazing and beautiful!