ROANOKE, Va. – Depending on the sun’s angle and water or ice content in clouds, we can get quite the treat in the sky at any point in the year. That was certainly the case this past weekend, with sunrises and sunsets adding vibrant colors to start and end our days.
You can see all of those featured in the photo gallery below.
MaryBeth Franklin - Roanoke
Other atmospheric optical phenomena were evident over the course of the weekend too, which made for incredible photo opportunities. We explain how each one of them formed below.
We’ll start with the sun dog, as captured by Ann Gibson in Galax.
This is pretty common, but usually occurs to the left or right of the sun. Hexagonal ice crystals float downward, and the sun’s light refracts or bends through those crystals. These are usually more red-hued than anything.