News 5 viewers capture breathtaking photos of 'fire rainbows'

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Posted at 11:01 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 11:11:04-04

CLEVELAND — Some News 5 viewers captured a rare weather phenomenon that produced rainbow-like clouds in the sky on Wednesday.


Iridescent clouds, also known as "fire rainbows" or "circumhorizontal arcs," occur when the sunlight diffracts off hexagonal ice crystals in cirrus clouds.


This typically happens in the late afternoon on hot and humid days.

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Rainbow cloud spotted over Westlake.
Rainbow cloud spotted in Old Brooklyn.

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