Monday, May 4, 2009

A Rare Phenomenon

April 23, 2009:
Just after lunch I happened to look out my patio door, where brilliant light and colors caught my eye. Two small clouds were glowing with the colors of a rainbow in a mostly sunny sky. It is a rare optical phenomenon known as a Circumhorizontal Arc, also known as a Fire Cloud. I thought I'd share one of the pictures I took.

The photo also shows a contrail that wasn't there seconds before.
I took several photos and that particular photo was in the middle of other photos. I never saw or heard a jet and didn't notice the contrail until after I downloaded the photos to my computer. It's the only photo in which the contrail shows up.

For more info on Circumhorizontal Arc:

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