Machaele Loraff grabbed her phone to snap the rays, only to realize something more: "I took the picture because of the beam coming straight up off the sun and only saw the cross after I took the picture!"
The photo was then picked up by several media outlets, including meteorologist Matt Rudkin.
"Now this is something!" He commented when he shared the photo. Rudkin's version of the photo has more than 70,000 likes and more than 116,000 shares.
Several fans commented with photos of their own sunrises complete with crosses.