Claim: Photograph shows a “fire rainbow” over Idaho.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
THIS IS A FIRE RAINBOW — THE RAREST OF ALL NATURALLY OCCURING ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA.
THE PICTURE WAS CAPTURED ON THE IDAHO/WASHINGTON BORDER. THE EVENT LASTED ABOUT
Origins: This image of a “fire rainbow” is a real photograph of a brightly colored atmospheric phenomenon known as a
example shown above was captured on camera as it hung for about an hour across a several-hundred square mile area of sky above northern Idaho (near the Washington border) on
In general, a circumhorizontal arc (or “fire rainbow”) appears when the sun is high in the sky (i.e., higher than 58° above the horizon), and its light passes through diaphanous, high-altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal
Last updated: 21 July 2015
Gilman, Victoria. “Rare ‘Rainbow’ Spotted Over Idaho.” National Geographic News. 19 June 2006. Swain, Mike. “What an Ice Rainbow!” The Daily Mirror. 8 June 2006.