Pillar with sunrise on the 4th

A “rareish” sun pillar accompanied sunrise this morning in Okarche.  From the University of Illinois:  ”Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (like cirrostratus clouds).

They are not an everyday occurrence, and I usually only end up seeing them two or three times a year.

January 4, 2017: Sunrise, sun pillar from Okarche.

January 4, 2017: Sunrise, sun pillar from Okarche.

Record low temperatures

On January 1st, the low temperature in Okarche was a record setting 2 degrees.  The previous record was 5 degrees set in 1959.

On January 2nd, the high temperature was 19 degrees which set a record for the lowest high temperature on the date.  The previous record was 20 degrees set in 1942 and 1974.

Start of the year images

Jan 2, 2018 - Another pretty ending to a cold day in Okarche.  The high for the second day in a row was 19 degrees.

Jan 2, 2018 – Another pretty ending to a cold day in Okarche. The high for the second day in a row was 19 degrees.

Jan 1, 2018 - Frozen pond south of Okarche.

Jan 1, 2018 – Frozen pond south of Okarche.

Jan 1, 2018 - Pretty first sunset of the new year from near Okarche.

Jan 1, 2018 – Pretty first sunset of the new year from near Okarche.

Okarche, Oklahoma