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Rare ‘rainbow’ spotted off of Jersey Shore

AVALON, New Jersey — A rare weather phenomenon that looks like a rainbow and only forms when conditions are just right appeared in New Jersey on Sunday.

Packy McCormick spotted the ‘rainbow’ in Avalon, NJ near 64th Street and shared a picture.

This is not frequently seen. It’s formed when the sun angle and ice crystals line up just right. It is the result of sunlight refracted by the ice-crystal in cirrus clouds, usually 20,000 feet or higher.

It may look like a rainbow, but it’s actually a circumhorizontal arc, which some call a fire rainbow.

 

 

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