My husband’s aunt, who is a sleep tech at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Minnesota, was returning home from work early one morning when she spotted this sun dog in her rear view mirror.
Despite a forty below wind chill factor, she braved the elements to capture these photos. She lost a glove to a particularly strong wind gust, but the resulting images were worth it.
The scientific name for sun dog is parhelion. In the simplest of terms, this “phantom sun” is caused by refraction of light off cold crystal particles. Some believe that the presence of a sun dog means that within three days it will snow. For more information about sun dogs, click here.