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Photo: Sundog lights up the afternoon sky above Willmar

A sundog looms over Willmar as the afternoon temperature hovers at 7 degrees the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
A sundog looms over Willmar as the afternoon temperature hovers at 7 degrees the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

As temperatures began to plummet back into single digits Friday afternoon, Willmar residents got a lasting light show as a massive sundog lit up the sky just as the sun started to set.

According to almanac.com, sundogs are a rare phenomena that form when sunlight hits clouds of ice crystals and the ice acts as prisms. If the ice crystals are falling flat, then you see a bright point of light on either side of the sun, according to the website.

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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