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Rare Red Rainbow

Postby Maria » Thu 7 June 2018 8:31 pm

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RED RAINBOW SPOKE: We all know two things about rainbows: 1. They are circular. 2. They are multicolored. Yet on June 5th, Michelle Shenberger of Dover, Pennsylvania, saw a rainbow that was neither. "It was weird," she says. "The rainbow was only red, and mostly horizontal."

Yes, this *is* a rainbow--a red rainbow spoke.

What made it red? Red was only color available. All of the other colors of the rainbow had been scattered away by air molecules and dust particles in front of the low-hanging sun. Sunset rainbows are often red like this.

Normally, red rainbows form a complete arc. This one, however, was interrupted by clouds. Shadows of clouds near the setting sun stretched across the sky, extinguishing most of the rainbow. Only a single almost-horizontal spoke remained. Weird, indeed.


Source: www.spaceweather.com
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Re: Upside down rainbows and other unusual sights

Postby Maria » Sun 15 July 2018 2:00 pm

This in from www.spaceweather.com

GREEN FLASH ON THE SUN: For seaside photographers, nothing beats a green flash--that sudden pulse of verdant light at sunset as the sun vanishes beneath the ocean waves. James Young was on a beach in Oregon on July 11th when captured a green flash. But it didn't come from the ocean waves. It came from the top of a cloud:

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This is a rare cloud-top green flash, sometimes seen as the sun's rays graze a distant cloud bank. They are not well understood. Ordinary green flashes require a temperature inversion layer near the sea surface. Similar inversions may sometimes occur at the top of marine stratus clouds, giving rise to the type of ragged cloudy flash Young witnessed.

"It was very bright--a beautiful mystery to end the day," he says.
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Re: Upside down rainbows and other unusual sights

Postby Maria » Fri 10 August 2018 5:22 am

Another "demonic" image of sprites, this time from the Czech Republic.

http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php ... &year=2018

COMMON' RED SPRITES: In the Czech Republic, photographer Daniel Ščerba has spent much of the summer training his cameras on passing thunderstorms, hoping to catch strange forms of upward-directed lightning. On August 7th he recorded a huge cluster of red sprites ...


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Re: Upside down rainbows and other unusual sights

Postby Barbara » Mon 13 August 2018 3:44 am

They absolutely DO look diabolical. Like some clingy horrible demon configuration. The color is creepy, too.

The green flash is intriguing. I missed that one when it was posted.


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