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pidaua
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posted June 08, 2006 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pidaua     Edit/Delete Message
Check out the picture:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=389689&in_page_id=1770&in_a_source=


In a breathtaking blaze of glory, Nature puts on one of its most spectacular sky shows.

Reds, oranges, blues and greens create a flaming rainbow that stretches above the clouds.

But this circumhorizon arc, as it is known, owes more to ice than fire. It occurs when sunlight passes through ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. It is one of 15 types of ice halos formed only when the most specific of factors dovetail precisely together.

This blanket of fire, covering hundreds of square miles, is the rarest phenomenon of them all. It was spotted in the US on the Washington-Idaho border around midday last Saturday.

Dr Jonathan Fox, of the US National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington, said: 'It was even more spectacular than the Northern Lights. I feel lucky to have seen it because it only forms in very rare situations. This is the first one I've ever seen. It was a breathtaking sight and it hung around for about an hour.'

To create a rainbow of fire, clouds must be at least 20,000ft high and the ice crystals within them align horizontally instead of their usual vertical position. The sun also needs to be at least 58 degrees above the horizon. Then, the magic can begin.

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writesomething
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posted June 08, 2006 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for writesomething     Edit/Delete Message
going to save this beautiful picture, thanks..

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Moon666Child
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posted June 08, 2006 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moon666Child     Edit/Delete Message
beautiful........

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DayDreamer
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posted June 08, 2006 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DayDreamer     Edit/Delete Message

Beeeauuutiful

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Rainbow~
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posted June 09, 2006 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rainbow~     Edit/Delete Message
SPECTACTULAR!

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ariestiger
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posted June 10, 2006 06:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ariestiger     Edit/Delete Message
I read about this. Gorgeous. If anyone wants to read more on weather phenomena they should read Fred Schaaf's book "Seeing the Sky".

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aqua
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posted June 10, 2006 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aqua     Edit/Delete Message
WOW !

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