Fire rainbow cloud: The rare phenomenon appeared behind a storm cloud near Delray Beach, Florida

Photographer captures rare 'fire rainbow cloud' above Florida as Mother Nature puts on spectacular light show

Photo by Ken Rotberg. Fire rainbow cloud: The rare phenomenon appeared behind a storm cloud near Delray Beach, Florida

The amazing cloud type is caused by a unique combination of the sun's position and the shape of ice crystals in the air.

Burning bright: The spectacular 'fire rainbow' that bathed the Scottish sky in a palette of stunning colours

Fire rainbow, Scotland - A circumhorizontal arc is an optical phenomenon - an ice-halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds!

fantastic Fire rainbow - a halo caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals in cirrus clouds ~ so exotic! so exquisite! powerful!!!

Fire rainbow - a halo caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals in cirrus clouds nature-s-beauty

a "fire rainbow" - ice-halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds

a rare cloud phenomenon also called a circumhorizontal arc -- an ice halo formed by hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds

Fire rainbows are the rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena. For a fire rainbow to occur, cirrus clouds must be 20,000 feet in the air with the precise amount of ice crystals, and the sun must hit the clouds at 58 degrees

Fire rainbows are the rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena. For a fire rainbow to occur, cirrus clouds must be feet in the air with the precise amount of ice crystals, and the sun must hit the clouds at 58 degrees. (a/k/a Sun Doggies)

Photographer captures rare 'fire rainbow cloud' above Florida as Mother Nature puts on spectacular light show

Photographer captures rare 'fire rainbow cloud' above Florida as Mother Nature puts on spectacular light show

Photographer captures rare 'fire rainbow cloud' above Florida as Mother Nature puts on spectacular light show Ken Rotberg spotted unusual phenomenon as sun dropped behind a storm cloud in the early evening Rare sight also known as a 'circumhorizon arc'

Circumhorizontal arcs, or fire rainbows as they're commonly known, is an optical phenomenon caused by plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus clouds

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"Fire Rainbow" - A circumhorizontal arc is an optical phenomenon - an ice-halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds.

Fire rainbows caused by the light refraction though ice crystals in cirrus clouds

Man made clouds sprayed with stratospheric aerosols from high flying planes. The scientific community is calling these fire rainbows and they're trying to convince us they are natural.

A fire rainbow over Idaho in the US. Circumhorizontal arc (aka fire rainbow) are the rarest of all naturally occuring atmospheric phenomena.

Fire rainbows are the rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena. For a fire rainbow to occur, cirrus clouds must be feet in the air with the precise amount of ice crystals, and the sun must hit the clouds at 58 degrees.

It looks like a rainbow on fire, but this phenomenon is as cold as ice. Known in the weather world as a circumhorizontal arc, this isn't a rainbow in the traditional sense – it is caused by light passing through wispy, high-altitude cirrus clouds.

IT'S A SONIC RAIN BOOM! Circumhorizon Arc (aka Fire Rainbow) - an ice halo formed by ice crystals located in cirrus clouds. Light passes through the hexagonal crystals and if seen at the right angle forms a rainbow cloud.

Fire Rainbows -Fire rainbows are not actually rainbows and have no connection with fires. The true name for this exquisitely beautiful optical effect is “circumhorizontal arc”. The phenomenon can only be viewed under certain precise conditions: the cirrus clouds that act as prisms must be at least 20,000 feet high and the sun must strike them when it is at an elevation of 58 to 68 degrees. Fire rainbows are never seen at locations situated more than 55 degrees north or south.

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Natural rainbows are made up of 6 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. The intensity of each color may vary due to atmospheric conditions and the time of day.

Fire Rainbow. The rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena. For it to occur, cirrus clouds must be 20,000 feet in the air with the precise amount of ice crystals, and the sun must hit the clouds at 58 degrees.

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Middle latitude areas can usually see fire rainbows in the summertime. When the sun is at least 58 degrees above the horizon and there are cirrus clouds in the sky, the crystals within the clouds can cause this phenomena to occur.

Photo taken from a plane above clouds and a rainbow...   Not a fire cloud, but I'll put it in here anyway

Funny pictures about Rainbow Clouds. Oh, and cool pics about Rainbow Clouds. Also, Rainbow Clouds.

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