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Double Rainbow…2 Rainbows

Here I am in Southern Ontario. Warm Day, some heavy rain, little lightening and so cool, a Double Rainbow.

CollageFor those who have not seen or heard the viral Youtube video, you have to at least hear it. This is for real! I have a lot of Joy in my life, but this guy tops the charts.

If you have stopped giggling, please read on.

Many will be asking, what causes a double rainbow.  I just looked it up and was shocked to find….it has nothing to do with little men all dressed in green nor pots of gold. It is a little more scientific and makes a whole lot of sense. Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and are centered on the sun itself. They are about 127° (violet) to 130° (red) wide. Since this is more than 90°, they are seen on the same side of the sky as the primary rainbow, about 10° above it at apparent angles of 50–53°.

So where we call it a Double Rainbow, the true term is Secondary Rainbow…. 🙂

I am not sure I have ever really known the colours of the rainbow..but I do now. They are easiest remembered by the following mnemonic:




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R=red, O=orange, Y=yellow, G=green, B=blue, I = indigo, and V=violet. Red is at the top edge of the rainbow and violet is at the bottom edge, with the other colors in between.




No matter how you remember the rainbow colours I think the most important thing is that rainbows are beautiful, they are natural and should bring JOY to any rainy day.


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