Sundogs seen in early Custer County morning

Staff Writer

The final stages of sundogs were caught in photo shortly before 8 this morning, Feb. 20, 2018, in southern Custer County.

According to, sundogs are defined as follows: Sundogs are colored spots of light that develop due to the refraction of light through ice crystals. They are located approximately 22 degrees either left, right, or both, from the sun, depending on where the ice crystals are present. The colors usually go from red closest to the sun, out to blue on the outside of the sundog. Sundogs are also known as mock suns or parhelia, which means "with the sun".