Patty Singer in California captured this beautiful image on February 22, 2018. She wrote:
This was taken on Route 62 just a bit outside of Joshua Tree as we were headed back to the LA area. It was snowing very fine, but also a fine rain mist was falling. We saw this low rainbow off to the side towards the mountain and immediaty stopped on a side road to capture this.
By the way, Patty said she was told later this rainbow is called a mist bow, also known as a fog bow. Is it? No. We asked sky optics expert Les Cowley of the great website Atmospheric Optics who said:
I see a rainbow from smallish raindrops. A mist or fog bow is broader and almost white.
Thanks for the wonderful photo, Patty, and thank you, Les!
Bottom line: A low rainbow near Joshua Tree, California.
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