Photographer Snaps Once-in-a-Lifetime Shot of a Rainbow Sky

July 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

You have to be in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, to see the extremely rare “fire rainbow”… luckily this lady had her camera

Fire rainbows – or circumhorizonal arcs – are actually a type of ice halo that fill the whole sky with their colorful beams of light.

They can only be seen between the latitudes of 55 degrees North and 55 degrees South, when the sun is high in the sky (at an elevation of 58 degrees or more), shining through horizontally-oriented, flat, hexagonal ice crystals, found in high-altitude cirrus clouds, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

In the United States, these conditions are most likely to occur in June or July.

In this lucky Washington State photographer’s case, it happened on March 23, right after the coronavirus lockdown began:

“Witnessed a pretty cool phenomenon out on lake Sammamish today. A horizontal rainbow! To me, it was a little reminder to hold onto hope and love instead of fear and panic in these unknown times. Stay safe out there, friends,”  photographer Cessna Kutz wrote on Instagram.