Photos: Sun dogs

Posted on: 10:31 am, February 1, 2013, by , updated on: 11:00am, February 7, 2014

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  • Just outside of Princeton, IL 2-6-14

  • Sun dogs in Galesburg, 1-6-14, photo shared by Patti via Facebook

  • Sun dogs photo shared 1-6-14 by Brandi Jo Allonby via Facebook

  • Sun dogs 1-6-14 photo shared by Kirk Marske via Facebook

  • Sun dogs photo shared 1-6-14 by Missy Goodrich via Facebook

  • Sun dogs photo shared 1-6-14 by Donald Wehr

  • Sun Dogs from Melissa Lanning Anderson

  • Sun dogs from Jenna Bellini Mock

  • sun dog (photo from WQAD Eagle Eye)

  • Sun Dog (WQAD Photo)

  • Sun Dog (WQAD photo)

  • sun dog - submitted photo

  • February sun dogs - Courtesy of R. Garcia

  • February Sundog (iPhone) - Courtesy of C Smith

  • Sun dogs photo shared 12-23-13 by Rick Rockwell, taken outside Morrison, Illinois

  • Sun dogs at Livesay Farms in Geneseo photo shared 12-23-13

  • Sun Dogs near Morrison Illinois photo shared 12-23-13 by Kristine Honeycutt

  • Sun Dogs near Morrison Illinois photo shared 12-23-13 by Kristine Honeycutt

  • Sun dog in Mt Carroll 1-6-14 photo from Elizabeth M

  • sun dog 1-6-14 photo by WQAD photojournalist Scott Weas

  • Sun dogs 1-6-14 photo shared by Tammy Dickenson via Facebook

  • Sun dog over Davenport 1-6-14 photo shared by Mike Smith via Facebook

  • Sun dog 1-6-14 photo from Paul Schelly via WQAD iPhone app

  • Taken from the Walmart parking lot in Princeton By Ken Moore

  • Sun Dog in East Moline photo shared 1-27-14 by Meg Owen Steele via Facebook

  • Sun dog photo from Edward Keele 1-27-14

  • sun dog photo from pastor Jim Jensen of Prophetstown 1-27-14

  • Sun Dog photo shared 1-27-14 by Anna Marie Davies via Facebook

  • Sun Dog photo shared 1-27-14 by John Michael Imes via Facebook

  • Sun dog photo shared 1-27-14 by Kurt Clevenger of Sterling Illinois

  • Sundog Monday 1-27-14. You can only see these when it's so cold that there are ice crystals in the air. Knox Highway 9, Galesburg, Illinois

  • Sun Dog seen from Rt 6 near Geneseo photo shared 2-6-14 by Brooke Anselmi

They look like rainbows or extra suns when they appear in the eastern sky during winter months.

Storm Track 8 Chief Meteorologist James Zahara says sun dogs form with the help of ice crystals that float in the air near the ground.  The crystals bend the sun’s light, creating a splash of color on either side of the sun.

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