Downward-Pointing Crepusculars

We often see crepuscular rays with an apparent upward aim.  In this case, the chunky young anvil from a nascent supercell spread across that part of the sky containing the sun, part of which can be seen through a hole in the cloud.  As with other crepusculars, the rays actually are parallel, but seem to spread away from each other due to a bit of optical trickery:  our brain’s (or the camera’s) flattened projection of a three-dimensional scene.

1 SSE Okeene OK (29 May 12)  Looking WNW
36.0982, -98.3128

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