‘Sun dog’ phenomenon seen this week in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Have you ever heard of the term “sun dog?” This weather phenomenon was spotted this past week multiple times across Indiana, including in downtown Indianapolis.
What are sun dogs?
Sun dogs form by refraction of light through ice crystals in the atmosphere. Depending on where the ice crystals are, they are located approximately 22 degrees either left, right, or both, from the sun. Red colors are usually closest to the sun, with blue colors on the outside of a sun dog.
This spectacle tends to be present more often when colder air is around. A cold front did cross central Indiana mid-week, which resulted in afternoon temperatures in the 50s on Thursday.
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