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Anyone seen a white rainbow?

     
9:57 am on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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]
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That's it exactly Bill. ;)
5:17 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

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How lucky you are to have seen that.
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Amazing how the simple things in life can bring so much pleasure. And nice picture Bill.

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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.

[s1059.photobucket.com...]
6:53 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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
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next to a pot of gold, londrum?

i once saw a moonbow through the mist of lower yosemite falls.
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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.
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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. :-)
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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.
[riverdee.org.uk...]

But he has never seen a fog bow!
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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.
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Never - ever, when I used to live in Scotland I actually saw a bunch of rainbows but never a white one - amazing!
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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.