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"Sundogs" spotted above Mobile and Baldwin Counties

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Photo of sundogs above Fairhope (Photo: Matthew Proctor via Facebook) Photo of sundogs above Fairhope (Photo: Matthew Proctor via Facebook)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

People in Mobile and Baldwin Counties were treated to a rare spectacle of mother nature Monday afternoon. 

A double sundog and a halo formed around 3:15 p.m. Sundogs and halos are formed when the sunlight is refracted through high cirrus clouds, making a prism in the sky. 

According to the National Weather Service, sundogs are spots of light that develop due to the refraction of light through ice crystals. They are located on the left, right, or both sides of 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".

Halos are similar to sundogs. The weather service says a halo is a ring of light that forms around the sun or moon as it reflects light off ice crystals in the sky. The halo is usually seen as a bright, white ring although sometimes it can have color.

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