"A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, for "beside the sun") is a common bright circular spot on a solar halo. It is an atmospheric optical phenomenon primarily associated with the reflection or refraction of sunlight by small ice crystals making up cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Often, two sun dogs can be seen (one on each side of the sun) simultaneously."So, in its honor, we're going to call today "Sun Dog Day" instead of Groundhog Day!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sun Dog Day!
It's such a delight to have the sun showing up earlier in the day, going higher in the sky and setting later in the afternoon. Today, the sun treated us to our first "Sun Dog" of the year. From Wikipedia: