Circum-horizontal Arc

The following pictures were taken on July 13, 2003 at about 1:30pm from the Upper Red Pine Lake. Click on any of the images for the full size image.

From Mark Eubank at KSL TV

It is quite rare. It is called a circum-horizontal arc. It only happens at certain times of the year, and certain times of the day (the sun has to be HIGH in the sky) when the ice crystals in the clouds are made of plates and the plates are floating horizontally. When sunlight goes in the side of the crystals, a rainbow band is created but is displayed as a horizontal band of color.