'Fire rainbows' are a rare phenomenon that only occur when the Sun is higher than 58° above the horizon and its light passes through cirrus clouds made of ice crystals. At the right alignment, the ice crystals act as a prism, and refract the light to look like a rainbow.
A "fire rainbow" appears in the sky on July 31 over South Florida. The rare phenomenon occurs when clouds containing uniformly sized water droplets diffract light and scatter wavelengths into a colorful ring-like pattern. Photo by Ken Rotberg, WPTV.
This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird!
Photographer captures rare 'fire rainbow cloud' above Florida as Mother Nature puts on spectacular light show Ken Rotberg spotted unusual phenomenon as sun dropped behind a storm cloud in the early evening Rare sight also known as a 'circumhorizon arc'
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