Meteorologist Larry Gebert explains Wednesday's 'double sun'

Credit: Adrianne Boyd / First Person

Meteorologist Larry Gebert explains Wednesday's 'double sun'

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by Kelsey Jacobson

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 1:48 PM

BOISE -- The phone is ringing and e-mails are coming in from viewers wondering why there was a "double sun" in the sky Wednesday afternoon.

The photo above was sent to KTVB.COM by Adrianne Boyd, who was wondering the same thing.

Meteorologist Larry Gebert was able to explain this phenomenon to us:

"This sort of thing happens when we have high humidity, not quite fog condition.  It is a refraction of the sun in the clouds creating what appears to be a second image of the sun.  It is a refraction, not a reflection.  That is why it appears to a separate sun.  These happen most often near sunrise or sunset, but can also happen at high noon depending on the conditions."

 

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