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Several photographers from around the area have been marveling at the amazing sunrise this morning. The low clouds and the sun coming up are making for not only the pink and violet sky but also are responsible for that shadow that veers to the right off the tip of Mount Rainier, according to a story by KOMO News a short time ago. (Photo by Seattle Time staff)

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.