SPECTACULAR SUNDOGS – In the skies over Palo Alto County, the sundogs were out and brilliantly lit on either side of the sun. Saturday, Jan. 8, was most definitely one of the coldest day of the season so far and the coldest of 2016, with air temperatures reaching -17 F and wind chill close to -30 F. Temperatures dipped into sub-zero temperatures again Jan. 16-17. Sundogs are relatives of rainbows and are caused by the sun hitting ice clouds and the ice acts as prisms. While rainbows signal an end to the rain, sundogs often mean that rain or snow is on the way. Many of the old farmers will say that sundogs represent extremely cold weather and the past two weekends were definitely cold.
– Anesa McGregor photo