02 Aug '12, 3pm

Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in Florida sky

Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in Florida sky

A "fire rainbow," also known as an iridescent cloud, appears in the sky on July 31 over South Florida. The rare phenomenon occurs when clouds containing uniformly sized water droplets diffract light and scatter wavelengths into a colorful ring-like pattern. Iridescent clouds are formed by a different process than rainbows, which occur through refraction and reflection instead of diffraction. Shot by Ken Rotberg, he took the photo in Delray Beach, Florida but the rainbow was visible from Lake Worth through Boynton Beach and onto Boca Raton "I noticed the sun dropping behind a huge storm cloud in the west and noticed the ridge line and a little flare. Thought it was worth the trip outside with the camera. I shot a total of 101 images. I was just amazed at what I was witnessing. Watching it slowly change. There was nobody near me at the time to share it with!" said Rotberg. H...

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