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PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Beta’s clouds lead to gorgeous Saturday sunset

Ice crystals in the clouds above were enough to put on a show at sunset Saturday evening

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Mark Matthews - Wytheville

ROANOKE, Va. – Many of you took note of the sunset Saturday evening and sent us some gorgeous pictures.

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Mark Matthews - Wytheville

This was all due to the clouds streaming in off Tropical Storm Beta. The storm will make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast early in the week, and its clouds are now suppressed to our south.

Satellite imagery from around sunset Saturday shows those clouds drifting off the storm.

Satellite and radar imagery of Tropical Storm Beta from 9/19/2020
Satellite and radar imagery of Tropical Storm Beta from 9/19/2020

These clouds were around airplane level. At this level, the air was so cold that the clouds were made primarily of ice crystals (cirrus clouds). As the sun sets, its light bounces off the crystals and produces the vibrant colors we often see before the sun goes below the horizon.

How sunsets and sunrise can look so vibrant
How sunsets and sunrise can look so vibrant

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