When parked in the lot of a favorite supermarket one day last week, typing, as usual, in my car, a man approached my window, gesturing toward the sky.
If not for the thoughtful stranger, I would have missed the most memorable rainbow I have ever witnessed. The full bow stretched high across the sky, every color visible in detail. A bright rosy glow appeared for a time in the center of the arch. I’ve never seen that effect before.
Two days later, as I drove up the lane that leads to lot, at precisely the same time as the rainbow had appeared, I noted that the atmospheric conditions seemed oddly similar to those on that evening when the rainbow filled the sky with wonder.
Sure enough, when I turned my gaze toward the east, there was the base of a rainbow as vivid as the one that was there the other day. What are the chances? I wondered. The spot where the twin phenoenon touched the ground appeared to be identical. Perhaps I should locate the business that sells lottery tickets situated closest to that point.
I need to get out my weather book and look this one up. Not a rainbow, not a sun dog . . . not sure what to call this full spectrum illusion which moved and transformed it’s way across the sky recently.
Caught it on a drive and wanted to share. Does anyone know what it would be officially called?
Unsettled weather offers one consolation. Skies filled with a variety of cloud formations.
The above photo features the dramatic close to the day that greeted me on my way home from work several evenings previously. The site where is was taken is one of my favorite spots to see the sun sink to the horizon.
Below are two halves of a perfect rainbow that made my morning one day. Spattering raindrops fell from nearly non existent clouds, as the full spectrum half circle appeared in the western sky.
Seldom have I seen rainbows to the west of my location. They predominantly seem to appear in the east, behind a storm that’s moved on.
Whatever the cause of these anomalies, they add fascinating factors to our days during this most sensational season of summer.
As I pulled into the parking lot of my workplace, not long ago, this heavenly view greeted me, as I turned to open my car door. Wish all work days would begin this way. Sorry for the smudge on my camera’s lens!