Partial rainbow in the clouds

Monday as I was driving through Walla Walla, WA, USA, I noticed the beautiful mini rainbows in the clouds. I looked up the website that flickerite 'fdecomite' guided me to and found it is a circumhorizon arc.


From = "Look for a circumhorizon arc near to noon near to the summer solstice when the sun is very high in the sky (higher than 58°). It lies well below the sun - twice as far from it (two hand spans) as the 22º halo." "The arc is a very large halo and is close to, and parallel to the horizon. Usually only fragments are visible where there happen to be cirrus clouds." "whenever the sky is wisped or hazed with thin cirrus clouds. These clouds are cold and contain ice crystals in even the hottest climes."


It has to do with refraction of light through ice crystals in the atmosphere --and it was over 80F at the time!

Highest position on Explore #145 on Saturday, Aug 25, 2007

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  • Bill Wight PRO 7y

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  • mellla4 7y

    Beautiful ...There is no other words that could describe this
  • enryb 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cirrus, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • n1cky_f3rn4nd0 7y

    whoah......!!!!!!!! how beautiful that cloud
    nice shot.... I realy like it
    cauz it's like aurora
  • ezook PRO 7y

    I live in Washington too and I see this phenomenon often but I never have captured a great shot of it such as this!
  • pwpxpc 7y

    Chemical clouds !! > massive pollution !!
  • Lynn Suckow PRO 7y

    Thanks for the comments and faves!
    pwpxpc -- You said this was "chemical clouds!! > massive pollution!!"
    I beg to differ. This was caused by natural conditions. But you can believe what you want to.
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  • lizzymargot 6y

    ultra cool...thank you!
  • mondo chromelung 6y

    Sorry to let you know but there is nothing "natural" about this. THis is what aluminum oxide, barium, and thorium look like when they're sprayed by aerosol in our skies. aka chemtrails.
  • Ballookey Klugeypop PRO 6y

    @raycontin OR that stuff that's everywhere: Water vapor.
  • Aaron Top 6y

  • zxse 6y

    It seems that this scene just appears in fairy stories.
  • Maureen Marsh PRO 6y

    Wonderful shot.
    In my book on weather it makes no mention of pollution; only of sunlight on water droplets. It also says it is a relatively rare occurence.
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  • -sigma- PRO 5y

    Lightbending creature
  • langleyo PRO 5y

    Astounding image. Sadly all I get are sundogs :)
  • Thomas Sittler PRO 5y

    Amazing! I've never seen that in my life!

    Via your photostream on Fluidr
  • pwpxpc 5y

    Normal , this is fake clouds, made by planes...
  • editea17 4y

    Artificials clouds; CHEMTRAILS!
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