"Sun Dogs" seen over southcentral Nebraska


January 18, 2024

Southcentral Nebraska saw an occurrence last week that is somewhat rare, but that does show up every so often. We have seen reports from Cairo, Nebraska (northwest of Grand Island) to Superior reporting the occurrence. The photo above was taken just south of Nelson and is of the "Double Sun Dog" that happened. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Schendt)

The following information is from "Google" and helps explain the phenomenon.

Sundogs can be seen worldwide and can appear at any time when the sun is above the horizon. There are, however, conditions that not only make sundogs more likely to manifest but also boost their brightness making them more likely to be seen.

The most obvious condition improving the quality of sundogs is the proximity of the sun to the horizon. The closer the sun is to the horizon the more conspicuous sundogs are. When the sun is high in the sky sunlight can't pass through ice crystals as easily.

Because sundogs are mo...

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