Where Da Gold At?: Iridescent Rainbow Cloud

August 24, 2011


Note: Click HERE for the full-res version, HERE for a worthwhile closeup, HERE for another, equally amazing example.

Iridescent rainbow clouds: do they rain gold coins? No, not even the ones with chocolate inside. Disappointing, I know. Also: my life. God, can you tell I'm getting depressed? I'm getting depressed. Happy thoughts, GW, happy thoughts. Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairy tales...that's all I ever wanna think about -- riding with the wind. Okay I think that helped a little. At least enough to copy/paste a paragraph, write another one after that, then spend the rest of the evening crying in the back of my closet.

Pictured, behind this darker cloud, is a pileus iridescent cloud, a group of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and so together diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts. The above image was taken...by chance by a photographer in Ethiopia.

Damn Mother Nature, you cray-cray. I'm serious, why you gotta make it so hard for a man to be happy? "Don't blame me, human -- it's not nature, it's nurture." Ugh -- well that's a pretty bitchy thing to say!

What on earth! [estherhavens] (the photographer)
A Pileus Iridescent Cloud Over Ethiopia [nasa]
Rare Iridescent Cloud [buzzfeed]

Thanks to Claire, who followed a rainbow all the way to the end only to find a toiletful of glitter. RIPOFF!

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