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Silver Lining
a silver lining around the clouds

In the picture below, the sun is shining from behind the growing cumulus tower. This bright outline along the edge of the cloud is the silver lining, which occurs when light is diffracted by cloud droplets along the cloud's outer edge. Silver linings are observed around thicker clouds containing larger droplets.

[Image: photograph of silver lining (68K)]
Photograph by: Holle


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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.