Have you heard of the fire rainbows? Even though the name suggests a rainbow related to fire, it’s not an actual rainbow as well as it has no connection with fire. The technical term for this is the circumhorizontal arcs. It results when the sun is higher than 58° in the sky. The ingredients which participate in making this phenomenon are cirrus clouds which are very thin and feathery and found in higher altitudes. These clouds exist in very low temperatures. Thus, these are made up of hexagonal ice crystals. Therefore, the optimal alignment of these hexagonal ice crystals act as a prism, thus the final outcome of this is a horizontal rainbow.

Some say that these phenomena are seldom. It’s not that true since the frequency depends on location in special latitudes. This magnificent sight is comparatively usual during summer in the United States while it’s rather rare in northern Europe and mid-latitude. These fire rainbows in Los Angeles have a potential to form for about 5-10 times higher than the one in London.

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Cessna Kutz, a photographer snapped this spectacular fire rainbow over Lake Sammamish

Image credits: Cessna Kutz

“Witnessed a pretty cool phenomenon out on lake Sammamish today,” Cessna writes on her Instagram upon sharing the mesmerizing shot. “A horizontal rainbow! To me, it was a little reminder to hold onto hope and love instead of fear and panic in these unknown times. Stay safe out there, friends.”

This is an optical phenomenon which happens as a result of the sun reaching higher than 58° above the horizon

Image credits: Cessna Kutz

The pictures clicked by the photographer made the audience spellbound and astonished. Thus the photos went viral on social media platforms. “I honestly had no idea these photos would make the news,” this is what Cessna said with a news outlet. “I was just wanting to share a beautiful moment I got to witness. I’m super passionate about photography so I’m grateful that God has used my photos to touch people, not only throughout the nation but throughout the world. It’s boosted my photography business as well as make an impact on people so it feels pretty amazing.”