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A beautiful work of nature, fire rainbows are not a common sight. Fire rainbows are circumhorizon arcs commonly known as CHA in scientific language. Fire rainbows occur in cirrus clouds which are wispy and thin.For this incredible sight the cirrus clouds should be at 20000 feet height with sun at 58 degrees. The amount of ice crystals in the clouds need to be appropriate and properly aligned for the light to pass through it. The phenomenon is the result of refraction of light when it passes through vertical side and exits from the rear as it is in the case of a prism. If the inclination is of 90 degrees the colors can be seen well arranged and the cloud seems bursting with colorful flames. Though the name suggests it to be a hot, flammy phenomenon but it is cold like ice. This spectacular event of nature lasts for a short time and is a rare sight as all factors need to be available at correct time and at correct position.

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Spike
We experienced them early in 2014 in Cornwall on the day we picked up our dogs ashes from the vet. We took them to a well-known beauty spot to scatter our beloved pooch in his favorite place and the sunny blue sky was filled with small puffs of cloud each with its own tiny rainbow. It was a surreal and magical sight we have never seen before and will never forget.
Spike at 10:03AM, Sep 4th 2014.
Hannah Angeles
I saw a fire rainbow today in greenbrier arkansas. It was amazing. It was small and it was kind of circular and it was peaking out from behind a huge beautiful cloud next to the Rays of the sun. I came home and looked up circular rainbow which only brought up halos. Then I saw an article about weather phenomena and there it was. I feel so blessed! I had never heard of this
Hannah Angeles at 11:23PM, Aug 26th 2014.
Glynis
We saw one at 09h30 on Thursday 5th June 2014 just outside Knysna, South Africa. It was incredibly beautiful and no one had a suitable camera available! I have become a cloud gazer ever since.
Glynis at 10:33AM, Jul 9th 2014.
Mary Vaughan
Do Perseid meteor showers or other space objects that stream smoke, ice trails, frozen methane gas, etc cause this fire rainbow effect in outer atmosphere? Or what is known of causes, liklyhood of seeing this effect? We are having very bright and unusual skies in Western NC Mountains this month(August) perhaps due to Perseid meteors. Though I have not seen anything quite like the Fire Rainbow. Thanks for any information!
Mary Vaughan
Mary Vaughan at 12:39PM, Aug 23rd 2013.
Giovanna
I saw one of this clouds one day... and then I become a Cloud Lover!
Giovanna at 05:30PM, Jul 14th 2013.
Cammy
This is awesome! I wonder if Rainbow Dash did it :D LOL
Cammy at 11:33AM, Jun 20th 2013.
Jennifer
It's beautiful! Makes me think that Nyan Cat was there lol
Jennifer at 01:08PM, May 8th 2013.
ashi.vad
this is very interesting, i have never seen one of these...i wish i could see this!!
ashi.vad at 02:20PM, Apr 18th 2013.
jaeda
u like fire rainbows read what in the world is that .
jaeda at 06:47PM, Feb 27th 2013.
Megan
I have never seen one of these. Or even heard of them. They sounds beautiful; I hope I get the chance to witness one of these one day.
Megan at 08:18AM, Jan 17th 2013.
Jose
Thats look amazing! Ill keep my eyes out for one now.
Jose at 08:34PM, Dec 18th 2012.
An aabid dar
Realy amazing
An aabid dar at 01:35AM, Dec 7th 2012.
An aabid dar
This is really amzing
An aabid dar at 01:34AM, Dec 7th 2012.
ben
whoopy fekin goldberg :(
ben at 02:21AM, Oct 20th 2012.
kamaljit
Wish i could see that..
kamaljit at 04:22PM, Oct 8th 2012.
jankenneth
i hope i can see one of these fire rainbows.. they're amazing :)
jankenneth at 02:47AM, Aug 16th 2012.
sharmila
its good.but i need some more explanations
sharmila at 03:17AM, Apr 11th 2012.
george
wow!!!
george at 01:44AM, Mar 30th 2012.
Molly
I once saw one of those and it was amazing! It happened last summer and I was in North California,it was so cool and something that I will not soon forget :)
Molly at 12:11AM, Mar 28th 2012.
chris
is there a certain place they spawn in?
chris at 11:48AM, Mar 25th 2012.
lamprophony David-Love
this is awesome to know. I have never seen one of these but will be on the lookout for one now. Which will be soon as i have now placed it into my own psyche and one will more than likely manifest itself very soon.
lamprophony David-Love at 04:57AM, Mar 17th 2012.

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