In Southern Ontario, this time of year is characterised by wild weather swings. The day before yesterday it got up to 20ºC (68ºF) and everyone was out in their gardens in shorts. Then this morning we woke to heavy, wet, commute-disrupting snow.
Yet winter is most definitely nearly over, and the flowers are finally starting to appear.
But as we look forward to the warmth of spring, I want to share something from perhaps the coldest day I’ve ever experienced. On January 7th, 2014, temperatures in the Kitchener-Waterloo region plummeted to an almost record-breaking -25.8ºC (-14.4ºF). And the brisk wind chill made it officially feel like -41ºC (-42ºF). But at least it was nice and sunny!
This very special set of circumstances led to an extremely rare phenomenon, called a sun dog, being visible both early that morning and late in the afternoon.
January 7th is the only time I’ve ever seen a sun dog. In fact, I’d never even heard of one before that day. Hopefully, these photos will help you appreciate why I’m glad I now have, even if I did have to endure such excruciating cold in the process.
Rich took the photos below with his phone (hence the lower quality), just before sunset, on his way home that same day.
Both sun dogs and halos are the result of light refracting off ice crystals in the atmosphere. So they fit perfectly with Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge this week, which is Shiny. The halo effect is also spot on for Sue’s (A Word in Your Ear) theme of Round. And I hope Ailsa’s (Where’s My Backpack?) won’t mind me forwarding it as a second contribution to her Clean theme (even though I was at home on this occasion!).
And if that’s not enough for you, there are now three Jaspa’s Journey novels to enjoy as ebooks! Perfect for Kids 8 – 80!