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Anyone seen a white rainbow?

 9:57 am on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

I was out walking the other day. I live in a valley and it was quite cold and foggy so I started up a hill. As I got to the top of the fog line I saw a white rainbow - thought I was hallucinating!

When I got home I googled it and sure enough it is called a "fogbow". Apparently it is very unusual.

Anyone seen one?



 4:11 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

You can some times see this effect in a halo around the moon on chilly foggy nights as the sun's light reflects off the moon. But I have never seen one that appears in shape similar to a rainbow. Sounds like something you would see in a horror film.



 4:30 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

As I got to the top of the fog line I saw a white rainbow - thought I was hallucinating!

I think there is a White Rabbit at the end of that rainbow :)


 4:48 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

One of the few things I miss about Oregon is fishing one of my favorite lakes (not that I have time for it any more), just at first light, where I witnessed this [i1241.photobucket.com], a full fog rainbow.

More [s1241.photobucket.com]


 4:59 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

That's it exactly Bill. ;)


 5:17 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

How lucky you are to have seen that.


 5:41 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Amazing how the simple things in life can bring so much pleasure. And nice picture Bill.



 5:59 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Unfortunately I had no camera with me. I took an image with my phone - not great but you can just about see it. It was much more distinct than this suggests but it was fading by the time I had got myself into a position to take the photo.



 6:53 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

i always thought the rainbows were big circles in the sky, and you could only see a semi-circle bit of it... but apparently they do actually touch the ground. how mad is that? you can actually stand inside the spot where it touches the earth. i saw a photo of a bloke doing it in the paper


 6:27 am on Feb 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

next to a pot of gold, londrum?

i once saw a moonbow through the mist of lower yosemite falls.

Automan Empire

 7:37 am on Feb 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks for posting. I haven't seen one before, and didn't even expect such phenomena about the antisolar point. Now I want to see a solar glory and brocken spectre, too.

Also, I sense that someone on the internet is going to auto-tune this thread.


 4:55 pm on Feb 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Actually that was the last day I took the boat out and it was absolutely amazing. A few months later I sold everything - literally, everything that wouldn't fit into a 24 foot moving van - including the boat and trailer, took a job in San Diego, and never looked back. Got my eye on a nice mountain lake here though, April is coming and still have the Fenwick graphite and a 3 person raft. :-)


 5:27 pm on Feb 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

You would like my son Bill. Fishing is all that interests him. He managed to get an invite the opening of the River Dee last week, which is a big affair in Scottish angling.

But he has never seen a fog bow!


 7:01 pm on Feb 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

This a common occurence where I live in the UK.

I see these on a regular basis on bright sunny mornings, occasionally in the evenings, where I live in the rural Lincolnshire Wolds especially in areas where I know where we have frost hollows, whilst out with my Husky or driving to early appointments.


 2:14 pm on Feb 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Never - ever, when I used to live in Scotland I actually saw a bunch of rainbows but never a white one - amazing!


 2:30 pm on Feb 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

This a common occurence where I live in the UK.

Are you sure we are talking about the same thing? Last December the Daily Telegraph in Australia reported this as a "rare natural phenomenon". See [dailytelegraph.com.au...]

Edited: got my newspapers mixed up.

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