Just before sunset today, sun dogs were all over the sky is St. Cloud. According to theory, sun dogs appear when a significant weather change is about to happen.

We're expecting the weather to turn bitter cold starting tonight, and below zero for a few days. The sun dogs are a true sign that the weather's going to get downright cold. Here's the photo I took of the St. Cloud sky in front of our station at about 4:30pm today. Can you spot the sun dogs?

Sun Dogs St. Cloud
Sun Dogs in St. Cloud

According to Wikipedia, here's the definition of a 'sun dog':

Sun dogs are commonly caused by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonalice crystals either in high and cold cirrus or cirrostratus clouds or, during very cold weather, drifting in the air at low levels, in which case they are called diamond dust.[3] The crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them with a minimum deflection of 22°. As the crystals gently float downwards with their large hexagonal faces almost horizontal, sunlight is refracted horizontally, and sun dogs are seen to the left and right of the Sun. Larger plates wobble more, and thus produce taller sundogs.

If you were able to snap a great photo of today's sun dog, send it to me and I'll be sure and post it! Send to barry@minnesotasnewcountry.com.

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