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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.

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

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

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

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