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Amazing 'fire rainbow' spotted over Singapore

By T.K. Randall
February 22, 2017 · Comment icon 8 comments

A 'fire rainbow' is quite unlike a regular rainbow. Image Credit: Chi Navarro / Facebook
The breathtaking natural phenomenon was photographed by dozens of people on Monday afternoon.
Also known as circumhorizontal arcs, fire rainbows are a particularly rare spectacle which occur when sunlight refracts through ice crystals in certain types of clouds.

In this case the impressive phenomenon appeared for a period of around 15 minutes above Singapore, much to the amazement of those who happened to catch a glimpse of it.
"It started as a small orange circle and then grew bigger and bigger till all the colours came out," said childcare center worker Fazidah Mokhtar.

"All the children in the school, some parents, and other staff were very excited and commenting that it was very, very rare to see such a beautiful and unique rainbow."

Source: Independent | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Four Winds 7 years ago
Cool, I have never seen one of those before.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DebDandelion 7 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by stereologist 7 years ago
The article is wrong is so many ways. This is NOT a
Comment icon #4 Posted by stereologist 7 years ago
The article is wrong is so many ways. This is NOT a "fire rainbow" or a "circumhorizontal arc". This is a common phenomenon called iridescent clouds. This is definitely not rare. I see this sort of event every few weeks.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by stereologist 7 years ago
The term "fire rainbow" was coined by a reporter that couldn't be bothered to figure out what they were reporting on. Unfortunately, others have repeated the term. The correct term is a circumhorizontal arc. As the name suggests such an atmospheric sighting is roughly horizontal. This phenomenon was a blob, not a roughly horizontal rainbow. Rainbows are curved as the name suggests. These color "blobs" are seen when the clouds are just right. Learn what to look for and when the clouds look good try observing ones near the Sun by obscuring the Sun behind a building. You'll be surprised at how of... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by NorthenerON 7 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Yes quite beautiful.  My wife and I were driving up I-81 to go visit our daughter and her family.  We actually appeared to drive through a rainbow that looked to be miles wide.  There were two rainbows almost back to back.  A very intense one and a faded one.  That was very cool.  We were through so fast we couldn't get a picture of it. Of couse going at 70 mph didn't give us much time to shoot a picture.
Comment icon #8 Posted by woopypooky 7 years ago
why i have never seen one. i have seen double rainbow before.

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