We've been getting several reports Wednesday afternoon of "rainbows in the sky" or clouds that are brilliant colors.
They're givien the coloquial name of "fire rainbows" and they are due high, wispy clouds that are made of tiny ice crystals, and if the cloud is at the right angle to the sun, the crystals will refract the sunlight (much like a prism) into the colors of the rainbow.
So it's very similar to a regular rainbow-when-it's-raining, only a little more rare.
These fire rainbows are rare sights in the mid-latitudes, because they can only occur when the sun is 58 degrees or higher above the horizon. For the United States in general that pretty much relegates any sightings to roughly around 6 weeks either side of the summer...
Janice Rae Pariza was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1955 and raised in Ohio, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Nova Scotia and Connecticut. She has been painting since the age of eight. A self taught painter, she supplemented her natural abilities by studying privately for 14 years. A realist in the medium oil, her subject matter has varied throughout the years. She has expanded into the realm of the Abstract and Impressionism. Extensive travel in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean is reflected in her paintings and photography.
In 1978 she joined the Air Force which took her to San Antonio, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas and Denver, Colorado with Temporary Duty throughout the West. She earned a Still Photography degree while in...
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