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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A sunrise and a vertical rainbow, as photographed by Peggy Berryhill

Peggy Berryhill recently experienced a beautiful sunrise.

Several minutes later this vertical rainbow appeared. I haven't seen anything quite like it. Perhaps you know what this phenomenon is?

I thank Peggy for allowing me to share her photos with you here.


Anonymous said...

I live in southern Indiana and saw a beautiful, but small vertical rainbow this morning. I have seen them a few times before but my husband said he never had and he was very impressed.

MS said...

This morning my husband &I saw a small vertical rainbow. I have seen a few before but he never has. We live in southern Indiana.

Jeanne Jackson said...

Thanks, MS. I've learned this is a Sun Dog. A Sun Dog is a rainbow in the sky but there are no rain clouds. It is formed when light rays pass through high cirrus clouds. The ice crystals in the clouds act as prisms and, if conditions are right, you get this rare phenomenon.