Category Archives: Atmospheric Optical Effects
They don’t get much more stunning than this one. Taken by Holly Neil on 8-22-2014 from her back yard in Farmington, New Mexico.
She writes: I thought I saw an angel at the top of the rainbow when I took the photo! At least it’s not on a piece of toast!
Full size photo below.
Altocumulus, contrail and iridescence all in one photo.
Near Seattle, WA
Bob Harrington, http://www.bobqat.com
A photograph of the phenomenon known as St. Elmo’s Fire…St. Elmo’s Fire: Luminous greenish or bluish glow above pointed objects on the ground. Named for the patron saint of sailors, St. Elmo’s Fire is created by the soft glow of an electric field generated by a continuous flow of tiny sparks. The tiny sparks are postive charges reaching skyward in response to a growing area of negative charge in the clouds or air above. Instead of generating a lightning strike, the corona discharge, as it’s called, flees objects such the masts of ships, power poles, radio and TV antennas or towers, and the wings of aircraft, causing the glow. If a thunderstorm is nearby, St. Elmo’s Fire might precede a lightning strike close by.
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Photographer: Cary Allen, Former Chief Meteorologist, WACH-TV
Aurora Borealis over Washington State Photo Location: looking north from near Pendleton, Oregon Photo Date: June 1991 http://bobqat.com