Check out these two amazing rainbows from Wednesday, though they’re from two totally different locations:
Rainbows are caused by the process of refraction, which twists and bends sunlight into the spectacle of colors you see. In the Hawaii image, a rain storm clearly has just moved through Kapalua Bay, which is on the northwest corner of Maui. As many of you have probably noticed in past rainbows, it’s usually after a storm passes that you’ll see one, once the sun returns and the light can arc the water droplets into different colors.
In the Mammoth Mountain, California picture, it appears as if a relatively rare ‘snowbow’, or a rainbow caused by snow, is leading to the rainbow there! Heavy snow is pounding the Sierra Nevada mountains this week. Snow, however, can also cause rainbows, as snow and snowflakes have a high albedo, meaning they reflect most of the light they get, which can bend the light into the colors that you’re seeing in the above picture.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi