Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in the sky above South Carolina (picture)

MANDATORY CREDIT: Tiffany Jenks/REX Shutterstock. Only for use in this story. Editorial Use Only. No books, advertising or merchandising without photographer's permission Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tiffany Jenks/REX Shutterstock (4974062a) Rare fire rainbow dazzles viewers in South Carolina Rare fire rainbow over Charleston, America  - 19 Aug 2015 FULL COPY: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/qufm  An extremely rare 'fire rainbow' has been spotted in the sky in Charleston, America today last Sunday 16 August.  The rainbow, which is shaped like a fire-dancer, remained in the sky for a matter of minutes, dazzling viewers before disappearing.  The display only occurs when the sun is at an angle higher than 58 degrees.  It is known as a 'Circumhorizontal Arc' and occurs when light hits sky-high ice crystals.
MANDATORY CREDIT: Tiffany Jenks/REX Shutterstock. Only for use in this story. Editorial Use Only. No books, advertising or merchandising without photographer's permission Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tiffany Jenks/REX Shutterstock (4974062a) Rare fire rainbow dazzles viewers in South Carolina Rare fire rainbow over Charleston, America - 19 Aug 2015 FULL COPY: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/qufm An extremely rare 'fire rainbow' has been spotted in the sky in Charleston, America today last Sunday 16 August. The rainbow, which is shaped like a fire-dancer, remained in the sky for a matter of minutes, dazzling viewers before disappearing. The display only occurs when the sun is at an angle higher than 58 degrees. It is known as a 'Circumhorizontal Arc' and occurs when light hits sky-high ice crystals.



An extremely rare 'fire rainbow' was spotted in the sky in Charleston, America, on Sunday.

The rainbow, which is shaped like a fire dancer, remained in the sky for a matter of minutes, dazzling viewers before disappearing.

The unusual display only occurs when the sun is at an angle higher than 58 degrees. It is known as a 'circumhorizontal arc' and occurs when light hits sky-high ice crystals.

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South Carolina resident Tiffany Jenks captured the moment on camera. She said: "We looked up and stared in awe for about 5 minutes... then it was gone!"

Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says circumhorizontal arcs most commonly occur in cirrus clouds but only when they're aligned horizontally.

"You're more likely to see this type of rainbow during the summer here in North America," Dayna says. "But in places like Europe, the arcs are much rarer."

In April, a woman in New York captured the moment an incredibly rare quadruple rainbow appeared in the sky over Long Island.

Amanda Curtis, CEO and co-founder of the fashion start-up Nineteenth Amendment, tweeted the photo, which appeared to show four separate rainbow arcs.

Curtis spotted the spectacular sight following stormy weather in the area.

The phenomenon is extraordinarily rare and only five third- and fourth-level rainbows have ever been recorded in 250 years.



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