Dogs of the sun

All this talk about weather reminds me of a meteorological phenomenon I’ve been privileged to see twice so far – the sun dog. More precisely, two sun dogs at a time, for they come in pairs, as the dogs running beside the chariot of Apollo, the sun god, as he drives across the sky.

Sundogs at the South Pole, photo by Ben-Zin, Wikimedia Commons

You can see them under certain atmospheric conditions: for an explanation, see

Andrew and I saw our first pair while kayaking on a dam in Sydney – we first saw the reflection in the water, thought ‘What the ..?’, then looked up in the sky and there they were – most impressive.

The second time was when driving home, near Tuncester just outside Lismore. It raises the hairs on the back of one’s neck to see such things.

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