In this fanciful, dawn display, we see high-altitude clouds lit up brightly by a sun still hidden from our view. The intense colors result from the shallow angle at which the sun’s light hits the clouds.

These celestial delights seem to be occurring earlier and earlier with each passing the year. This is the first such I can remember in warm September. Two years ago, I saw one in mild October, thinking how early that was. Prior to that, I had come to expect them only in the coldest months, November through January, when the sun is at or near its lowest point in the sky.

Here, the sun is rising behind the high ridge along the eastern shore. It is in the east-southeast. By December 21, the day of the winter solstice, it will rise in the south-southeast. The scene was recorded on September 26, 2014, at 6:59 am.

At this early hour, the vapor trails were probably produced by military aircraft leaving Hanscomb Air Force base in nearby Bedford, Massachusetts.

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