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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

SUN DOGS

I've written about this phenomena before but it's been awhile and those who have never lived in a Northern climate may not have ever heard of sun dogs before.

Sun Dogs, they are bright and beautiful BUT you don't really want to see them. The short story is that they are like little rainbow explosions but instead of moisture in the air (which causes rainbows) these are created by ice in the air and they only show up in sub-zero temperatures.

We started out our day with the temperature around 30 degrees above zero but it plummeted all day long to below zero. Currently as I write this the "feels like" temp is -29 degrees.

When you see sun dogs they are pretty but you may want to head South or at least head for a nice warm blanket. 

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Comments (22)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think that I have ever seen sun dogs either and I am with Wayne Martin that is ok with me, haha.

Jan 19, 2022 04:37 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It wouldn't bother me much if I never saw them again either Brian England BUT they do assure you that it's a bright sunny day.

Jan 19, 2022 05:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have never heard of or seen sun dogs. Interesting!

Jan 19, 2022 05:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - "sun dogs" is a new term for me.  

Jan 19, 2022 05:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I learned a new one myself yesterday evening Michael Jacobs , Moon Dogs! I explain below to Kat.

Jan 19, 2022 05:24 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Kat Palmiotti I was pretty proud that I braved the cold to get a good picture BUT later in the evening I heard a new one... Moon Dogs! The weatherman said they are extremely rare because the moon is seldom bright enough to cause this phenonium. I wasn't about to go outside in my PJ's at 30 below to get a picture but I did look out the window at it. 

Jan 19, 2022 05:23 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Good Wednesday morning, Bob.

Have a great day, make it productive and an outstanding week. bill

Jan 19, 2022 05:39 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good morning Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog . I hope you have a good day as well. The best part of my Wednesday comes at 7:00 PM.

Jan 19, 2022 05:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I did not know about sun dogs. Thanks for the lesson.

Keep warm and have a great day.

Jan 19, 2022 05:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I am glad to have informed you and thank you Roy Kelley . I really dressed for the weather today with my bulkiest thermals.

Jan 19, 2022 05:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Chef Dolores is picking up our groceries this morning because we expect more snow and ice on Thursday. She orders online and they put the groceries in her trunk in front of the store.

Jan 19, 2022 06:13 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That's a nice service to have Roy Kelley . I know it's available here and even delivery to the door but I have yet to check into it. With the ice we have I have been wearing overshoes with metal studs built into them. Considering my other health issues the last thing I need is a fall and break some bones. BTW, now, after many doctor visits they have determined that it is not sciatica but Stenosis. Similar but stenosis is a bit more sever. 

Jan 19, 2022 06:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob - I have never seen them but I will certainly take your advice if I do.

Jan 19, 2022 06:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

They are really neat (and blinding) Grant Schneider but I'd rather see them in pictures then in person.

Jan 19, 2022 06:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Just 35 degrees here in Charlotte this morning, which is really, really, really cold for us and not a frequent event. I can't imagine your temperatures.

Jan 19, 2022 06:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, we are expecting 30 today, but below zero temps are just too cold.   Time to stay in!  

Jan 19, 2022 07:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Some days it's just best to stay inside Nina Hollander, Broker but that drives me stir crazy so I have to find some reason to get out even if for only 10 to 15 minutes.

Jan 19, 2022 07:38 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Joan Cox my tolerance is zero. Below zero means getting out the thermals and avoiding the great outdoors. That being said I have to have some outdoor time every day... even if it's just 10 to 15 minutes.

Jan 19, 2022 07:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello, Bob "RealMan" Timm I learned something new again today.  Never heard the term Sun Dogs before today. My initial thought was a dog laying in the sun! 

Jan 19, 2022 09:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob,

I did not know there was a name for that effect, so like everyone else who commented, I learned something new today.  A

Jan 19, 2022 10:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is what I love about Active Rain A. of Ron and Alexandra Seigel . This is a safe place to learn.

Jan 19, 2022 10:49 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

A sun dog isn't something I've heard of before, or experienced.  I learned something new today!

Jan 20, 2022 02:26 PM