A dazzling “fire rainbow” lit up the sky in South Carolina Sunday afternoon, stunning onlookers who scrambled for their cameras to snap the rare phenomenon.
“I was on the beach with my children and two friends and one of my daughter’s friends said ‘Look, Look, Look!’ and she pointed it out and I saw it,” said Carole Rich-Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina. “I immediately grabbed my cellphone.
“I didn’t know what it was, but I know that it was the first time that I had ever seen anything like that, which is why I took a picture.”
Fire rainbows are “one of many optical phenomena that exists when the sunlight interacts with various types of clouds — especially those in the highest level of the atmosphere, which are largely made of ice crystals,” said a rep for the National Weather Service. “This really represent nature’s more beautiful color shows.
“Anyone is very fortunate to be able to capture them.”
The rainbow, Rich-Williams said, appeared overhead around 2:40 p.m. in Isle of Palms South Carolina — an island just outside of Charleston.
“After about 30 minutes it seemed to dissipate,” she said. “I do not know how long it was there, but it it was truly magnificent. It looked angelic.”
Diana Letts of Mt. Pleasant said she was swimming between a sandbar and Capers Island when she caught a glimpse.
“I thought it looked exactly like a mermaid tail,” she said. “Unfortunately, the photos didn’t do it justice…It was wild and very special to experience.”
An iridescent, multi-hued cloud phenomenon was recently spotted in Costa Rica skies, and residents were left awestruck and mystified.
The spectacle in the sky was reported this past Tuesday afternoon in numerous cities including, San Jose, Parrita, Pavas, Escazu and Hatillo. Coincidentally, the sighting occurred on the country’s Independence Day.
Many witnesses took to social media to post photos and video of the luminous cloud formation, with some even noting that it looked like an “end of times” scene.
Resident Joey Petit told ABC News today that he and his family were at the playground in Escazu for an Independence Day festival when his 11-year-old son, Ariel Joseph Petit first noticed the strange cloud.
“He immediately grabbed the camera and started taking video and photos,” he said. “We were just so amazed. We had no idea what it was and we’d never seen anything like it.”
Another Escazu resident, Jessie Montealegre, said she was also was amazed by the sky phenomenon.
“It was breathtaking,” she said. “It’s like a sign of God.”
Though users on social media have various theories on what caused the light formation, including aliens or UFOs, experts said the stunning view was caused by a rare weather phenomenon called “cloud iridescence.”
The colorful luminescence is caused by the sun’s light being refracted by water droplets and ice crystals in the cloud, said, Eladio Solano, a meteorologist with Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute according to Costa Rica media outlet Teletica News