Amazing “Fire Rainbow” Appears Over Isle Of Palms, South Carolina

It seems like we really need a nice palate cleanser to wash our brains of all the horrible things we just read about and/ or saw on the Internet today. Thankfully the good people in South Carolina’s Isle of Palms were recently treated to a magnificently beautiful natural wonder. Something called a “fire rainbow” appeared above the seaside community. Incredibly it looks like a whale tale made of rainbows.

Damn it! Not that kind of “whale tale”- remember: palate cleanser! OK, here is an actual picture of the fire rainbow, which some people also said looks like an angel.

Rainbows don’t last forever. Oh, whale.

Let’s get our science on: meteorologists say that an iridescent cloud like this forms only under very specific circumstances in high level cirrus clouds made of ice crystals. Pretty!

I wonder what will be on T-shirts tourist shops in the Isle of Palms will be selling next summer?

Meteorologist Justin Lock of NBC 12 says;

“To produce the rainbow colors the sun’s rays must enter the ice crystals at a precise angle to give the prism effect of the color spectrum. The sun must be at an altitude of at least 58 degrees above the horizon.  Again, it has to do with getting the precise angle.”

Ah, come on!

What do you think the fire rainbow (disappointingly there is not fire shooting out of a rainbow) looks like? A whale or an angel, or perhaps something else?

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Source: NBC12