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Fire Rainbows

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, May 27, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography

Fire Rainbows or "Circumhorizontal Arcs" are known for their flame-like appearance and happen when ice crystals in clouds act like tiny lenses. However, specific environmental conditions are required for them to form: the sun must be at a certain angle; ice-rich cirrus clouds must be nearby; and the crystals need to aligned at just the right angle to refract light. Here an example over Ohio:


Fire Rainbow, Ohio  (credit: NASA/Todd Sladoje)

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