'Crepuscular rays occur when objects such as mountain peaks or clouds partially shadow the sun's rays. The name crepuscular means "relating to twilight" and these rays are observed at sunrise and sunset. Crepuscular rays appear to diverge outward from the setting sun, and are visible only when the atmosphere contains enough haze or dust particles so that sunlight in unshadowed areas can be scattered toward the observer.'
taken from the University of Illinois meteorology website.....for more check out their website at
These photos are courtesy of Audrey Mason of Lillington in Harnett Co.
Thanks Audrey for the cool pictures!!!!