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13 Gorgeous Photographs of Iridescent Clouds that Illuminate the Sky with Vibrant Rainbows

While a rare sight, there may be a chance that you look up to the sky one day and notice clouds that feature the beautiful colors of a rainbow. You need the conditions to be just right, namely a hot and humid day with the result being the incredible iridescent cloud.

iridescent clouds colorful rainbows

Oleg Bartunov

A natural phenomenon that is very uncommon, iridescent clouds occur when sunlight diffracts of identically-sized water droplets present in the atmosphere, which causes the sunlight to be scattered, resulting in a variety of colors present.

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsEsther Havens

Also, referred to as rainbow clouds, the likelihood of the phenomenon occurring is very low, although it is most likely to happen with cirrocumulus, lenticular, altocumulus, and cirrus clouds.

Thankfully there are enough occurrences throughout the world that many photographers have captured the gorgeous sight of a rainbow cloud.  Check them out!

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsDave McGlinchey

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsEileen

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsBrody J

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsRichard Sneddon

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsAugust Allen

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsBrocken Inaglory

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsConcreteabstractions

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsGary

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsGeorge Quiroga

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsJoseph Brimacombe

iridescent clouds colorful rainbowsPennina Neumann