A rare fire rainbow appeared in May.

This fire rainbow, or more properly, a circumhorizontal arc, appeared and several coastal residents got a photo of it. Donna Woodbury photographed it from Anchor Bay Beach. In Donna's second photo the fire rainbow is at the bottom and a portion of the halo around the sun appears. A halo can often predict rain.

Fire Rainbow at Anchor Bay Beach by Donna Woodbury Halo around the sun and a fire rainbow at Anchor Bay Beach by Donna Woodbury

Connie King capture it from The Sea Ranch.

A Circumhorizontal Arc, aka a Fire Rainbow by Connie King

Peggy Berryhill only had her phone camera but she captured it too. She said the colors were much more vibrant that what her photo shows.

Fire Rainbow by Peggy Berryhill

And lastly Christina Chapman got this photo, which also shows the halo around the sun.

Halo around the sun and a fire rainbow by Christina Chapman

A circumhorizontal arc occurs when the sun is refracted through ice crystals.

Thanks to Donna, Connie, Peggy, and Christina for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

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