sun drawing water

sun drawing water

[′sən ′drȯ·iŋ ′wȯd·ər]
(meteorology)
Popular designation for a phenomenon of the sun showing through scattered openings in a layer of clouds into a layer of turbid air that is hazy or dusty; bright bands are seen where the several beams of sunlight pass down through the subcloud layer; sailors called the phenomenon the backstays of the sun.