What comes to your mind when you think of a rainbow? Many of us remember a beautiful bow that stretched across the sky, perhaps right after the rain had fallen. It is certainly the time when we tend to see rainbows the most, but rainbows don’t always need rain to appear.
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, then you have to see the pictures from photographer Cessna Kutz.
She was recently at Washington’s Lake Sammamish when she saw a horizontal rainbow. Always one to be quick with her camera, she hurried to take a picture before the moment disappeared.
Cessna is isolating during the pandemic and she felt as if the rainbow was a sign. She shared the pictures on Instagram, saying that they were barely edited and considers it a reminder to keep hope and love alive rather than falling into fear during the pandemic.
This may make you wonder what a horizontal rainbow is. It’s actually something that is known as a circumhorizontal arc. In order for the halo that is responsible for this phenomenon to occur, the sun has to be at an elevation of at least 58°.
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The University of California in Santa Barbara narrows it down even further, saying: “Cirrus cloud or haze containing relatively large plate-shaped ice crystals must also be present. The sun altitude requirement has the consequence that the halo is impossible to see at locations north of 55 degrees North or south of 55 degrees South.”
Although most rainbows are associated with rain, the horizontal rainbow has to do with the angle of the sun, latitude, and even the cloud type that is in the area at the time.
Although this phenomenon is somewhat rare, it has been captured in pictures before.Whizzco