Rainbow cloud? A Florida woman spotted one during a trip to Disney
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - What a beautiful sight to see!
Denise Aviles told FOX 35 News she was visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orange County Wednesday evening when she spotted a gorgeous rainbow in the clouds. She saw it in the sky around 6:30 p.m.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a rainbow cloud can happen because of something called cloud iridescence. "It usually happens in altocumulus, cirrocumulus, lenticular and cirrus clouds. Iridescent clouds happen because of diffraction – a phenomenon that occurs when small water droplets or small ice crystals scatter the sun's light," officials said.
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Cloud iridescence is rare. Weather officials say it is a phenomenon that happens when small water droplets or small ice crystals scatter the sun's light.