This morning I awoke to the sound of thunder. Looking outside, as I let the dogs out to do their thing, I smiled in relief to see a heavily clouded sky, wet deck, and the promise of more of the same. Yay! We were in need of moisture and the cooling effect that accompanies it.
In other news, Sunday, July 9, Matthew Haskill, an amateur photographer, caught a rare spectacle in the skies above Toronto. Dubbed a fire rainbow, his photo is growing in popularity with likes and shares across Facebook. It is one of the most talked about phenomenon of late, as shared in this The Star article.
For two months of the year, here in Canada, the sun sits at just the right angle, 58 degrees above the horizon, to create a "fire rainbow". Certain conditions must exist as well, including horizontal cirrus clouds in a wispy and high formation. If the cloud contains the right kind of ice crystals, and the sun is at the correct angle, its rays reflect off the crystals creating the illusion of fire in the sky.
A fire rainbow. Source: National Geographic.