Rainbow Cloud

Rainbow cloud

While camping in California last week I noticed a reflection of color on the creek down below the property, when I looked up I saw this beautiful rainbow cloud. It was a sunny day about 80 degrees and I had never seen anything like it.

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Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Jul 16 at 10:51 PM

So beautifull &amazing!! thank's for the nice picture.

glowen says ... on Saturday, Oct 31 at 8:14 AM

This is called a circumhorizontal arc. It occurs at midday, close to the summer solstice at mid-latitudes. It is caused by sunlight passing through rotating ice crystals in the clouds, making rainbow colors. I saw one over Spokane June '06. Will post

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