Photographer Captures Stunning Rainbow-Colored ‘Cloud Iridescence’ Over Storm in Cape Canaveral

By Epoch Inspired Staff
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August 14, 2021 Updated: August 16, 2021

A photographer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, captured clouds putting on a show Sunday, August 8.

Greg Scott, a launch photographer for NASA and Space Force, witnessed the rare phenomenon of rainbow-colored clouds beyond a brewing squall.

“I was out shooting the incoming storms when I spotted the cloud iridescence,” Scott told The Epoch Times.

He captured several shots of the multi-colored clouds, thin ribbons of color hanging above the storm, and later posted them on Twitter.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Greg Scott)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Greg Scott)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Greg Scott)

According to News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges, the phenomenon, known as cloud iridescence, is rare, Click Orlando.com reported.

“Several factors need to be in place in order for this to happen,” he said. “The recipe for iridescence: very thin clouds with lots of water droplets that happen to be the same size. Then the sun’s rays must pass through only a few droplets at a time. This usually happens as clouds are just developing. That’s what happened when these photos were taken.”

The formation occurs in altocumulus, cirrocumulus, lenticular, and cirrus clouds, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration’s SciJinks website.

The post garnered attention from Scott’s followers who marveled at the atmospheric special effect.

Fascinated by the power and history of rockets, Scott primarily photographs space launches; he is passionate about wildlife and nature photography and sharing that love with his followers online.

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