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  • The sign of an approaching storm or blizzard.

    "A few old hands who knew the weather signs squinted at the hazy sun and noted with distaste twin reflections of yellowish light, like minor suns, one on either side. Stephen Jordan remarked on it. 'Sun hounds,' he said. 'Never boded no good, sun hounds...' But most sealers thought the slight haze in the sky of no significance... When he went on deck he, too, noted the sun hounds. By this time they had changed formation, looking rather like a skein of knotted wool, one knot on either side of the sun..."

    --Cassie Brown with Harold Horwood, Death on the Ice: The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, Doubleday Canada, 1972.

    December 10, 2007

  • Are these like sun dogs?

    December 10, 2007

  • Yes, I think so! I knew I saw reference to this phenomenon somewhere lately, but couldn't place it. I like the word parhelion too.

    December 10, 2007