We’ve been told that every cloud has a silver lining, but did you know some clouds wear a rainbow cap? Yes, a halo of multicolored mist was floating over this ominous storm in the sky of Thailand on May 9, 2019. At first glance it looks like an angelic mural or even extraterrestrial activity. Could it be manipulated or is it really paranormal? It’s an iridescent cloud, a natural and always more frequently a man-made phenomenon occurring right in our own atmosphere.
Iridescent clouds, known as “fire rainbows” or “rainbow clouds,” occur when sunlight diffracts off water droplets in the atmosphere. Or always more frequently you may have observed rainbow smearing (diffraction) of light reflected off chemtrails. These so-called chembows are often visible when the sunlight reflects at approximately 45° angle to the chemtrail.
Like common cloud-to-ground rainbows, iridescent clouds usually accompany thunderstorms. According to atmospheric phenomena expert Les Cowley, they often appear in the late afternoon, on very hot and humid days. This stems from the fact that most rainbow clouds form on top of cumulus clouds — the fluffy cotton-ball-shaped clouds we often see in children’s drawings.
“What happens is that the cumulus cloud, boiling upwards, pushes the air layers above it higher and higher,” Cowley explained. “As the air gets pushed upwards, it expands and cools. And sometimes moisture in that air suddenly condenses into tiny droplets to form a cap cloud.“
This “cap”, which scientists call a “pileus”, is the source of the brilliant spectacle. “The droplets in the cap cloud scatter sunlight to form the gorgeous colors,” Cowley said.
Though the ingredients for rainbow clouds seem simple, they’re not spotted often, and are even less frequently photographed. Such rainbow clouds aren’t a common occurrence. And they sometimes happen before large earthquakes!
For a moment I thought it was a portal opening for an alien species to come to Earth. What about you?
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