‘Mock Suns’ as seen from Waterson Ridge, Feb 15th 1909

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“MOCK SUNS,” As seen from Waterson Ridge, Feb 15th 1909 © DCM

Strange Weather Phenomena taken from the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Vol. XXX 1909

MOCK SUNS.- INTERESTING PHENOMENON. – The PRESIDENT read a letter from the Rev. C. W. H. Dicker, vicar of Piddletrenthide, who unfortunately could not attend the meeting, sending a rough sketch of an interesting phenomenon which he saw from Waterson Ridge as he was driving home on Monday, February 15th — apparently- a pair of ” mock suns.” They appeared in a bank of grey mist. The discs were reddish, but sent out white rays. The apparition lasted, he thought, from five o’clock to 5.15.

Mr. MIDDLETON recalled seeing a somewhat similar phenomenon many years ago at Henley Regatta. The real sun in the middle, with a mock sun on either side of it, had also a third mock sun immediately over it, and the three mock suns were connected with the real orb by arching rays of light. Dr. FIELDING said that such a sight was not uncommon on the Norwegian coast, where the sailors and fishermen regarded it as a premonition of foul weather.

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