Taranaki Double Rainbow

March 01, 2006

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Provided and copyright by: Rupert Applin
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Rupert Applin

This breathtaking double rainbow was photographed in the late afternoon of January 4, 2006, over Taranaki, New Zealand. It formed just after a torrential downpour passed through our area. The secondary bow was as perfect as the primary, reaching the horizon at both ends. Notice, though, that the colors are reversed in the secondary bow. Large water drops produce the most vibrant rainbow colors, as was obviously the case with this rain storm. In addition, several faint, pastel-colored supernumerary bows can be detected just inside the primary rainbow.

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