Winter Rainbow Observed Over Southern Slovakia

April 01, 2022

R. Barsa - Winter rainbow

Photographer: Robert Barsa

Summary Authors: Robert Barsa; Cadan Cummings

This photo of a winter rainbow was taken on January 1, 2022, in southern Slovakia. The weather was abnormally warm over New Year’s, which caused the snow in the region to partially melt. Clouds to the east were producing light rain just before sunset. As a result of the water droplets suspended in the air from the rain and melting snow, a winter rainbow appeared over the nearby hills opposite the setting Sun.

Although bows are visible throughout the year, liquid water droplet must be present in the air because snowflakes cannot produce the reflection required to produce the colorful phenomenon. In addition to the rainbow, Krásna Hôrka Castle is also visible in the left side of the photo on a hill over the village Krásnohorské Podhradie.

Photo details: Sony A7III + Sony GM 16-35 mm, f/2.8 , panorama of 18 images with exposure of 1/125 second exposure, ISO-100, @f/5.6

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