The best part about rain is that it is one of the only ways to see a rainbow.  The other day I saw a double rainbow in the sky and it was so magnificent I thought I would share it.  Of course, pictures never do rainbows justice and I wasn’t in the prime picture taking spot, but it’s a rainbow nonetheless.  I once read you can only see rainbows if they occur within 3 hours of sunrise or 3 hours of sunset.  Since I read this I have asked numerous people if this was true, everyone said "No!"  I have been keeping track of when I have seen rainbows and since then I have never seen one in the middle of the day or not within that time period.  What do you think?  Anyone know anything different?  I did a little looking into this phenomenon and this is what I found.

  • "Why are rainbows so rarely seen at noon?" Remember that the center of the rainbow’s circle is opposite the sun so that it is as far below the level of the observer as the sun is above it. 

    If you want to learn more about rainbows then you can go to this website, it’s a little technical for me but I did like it.  I also liked reading that no two people see the same rainbow.  This is the explanation for that,  "since the rainbow is a special distribution of colors (produced in a particular way) with reference to a definite point – the eye of the observer – and as no single distribution can be the same for two separate points, it follows that two observers do not, and cannot, see the same rainbow." In fact, each eye sees its own rainbow!!   You learn something new every day!

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