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Did anyone else see the kickass rainbow?

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Sean

about 8 years ago

Oh yeah, I saw it from Barker's Island. It was fully arched! Amazing picture Paul!

Beverly

about 8 years ago

Yes! I was driving with my kids down I-35, and my daughter excitedly said, "It's full on, all the way!" Driving with kids can be dangerous because they make me laugh.

Codie

about 8 years ago

Yep, I saw that as I was walking up First Avenue East downtown. It would have been better had I not been running late for work at the time.

Baci

about 8 years ago

We saw it just before we saw you at Carmody Paul. Coincidence or ... not?

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

Definately not. Rainbows make me thirsty.

Biff Nimrod

about 8 years ago

I got a nice pic near Schroeder, but since you make it so difficult to upload.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

Duluth photographer Shawn Thompson snapped this on Oct. 28 -- a different weather phenomena from a similar vantage point. 

emmadogs

about 8 years ago

Is it just me, or does it appear that the aliens are getting ready to take over our city?

jessige

about 8 years ago

Is that a legit picture?  I need a meteorologist to explain that one, please.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

I saw this cloud when it was either forming or dissipating. It looked something like above, but not quite as impressive. So, I can confirm that either the photo is legit or Shawn shot the actual cloud and touched it up to look more impressive, but I'd bet it's legit.

Hollie

about 8 years ago

Cumulonimbus incus, perhaps?

schutzenegger

about 8 years ago

I'm no meteorologist, but I believe the key is to look at the cloud bases of the surrounding clouds, which I believe are either cumulous or altocumulous (probably way off).  Anyway, I don't think this is a Cumulonimbus incus, because they grow from the cloud base up, and this one appears to be growing from the cloud base down (although I can't see how tall this one is).  I'm just assuming, because traditional thunderheads of that type do not commonly occur over Lake Superior on October 28.  My theory is that it is a type of mammatus cloud (the ones that form the lumpy cloud bottoms during severe thunderstorms).  My guess is that a cumulous cloud got too big for its britches, and once the convective forces keeping it aloft over the land no longer existed, the bottom literally dropped out, and a new cloud bottom was created using the new combination of atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity existing over the lake.

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