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Abnormal Rainbows


ON March 22, about 6 p.m., a rainsquall was passing southeast of this station, and as the sun was shining clear and bright in the opposite quarter of the sky, a rainbow soon appeared. The colours were very brilliant, and a secondary bow was at once seen. From the base of the primary bow a perfectly straight vertical pillar arose of similar width, and the same colours, arranged in similar order from right to left; this was quite as distinct, and persisted quite as long as the usual rainbow, and the singular spectacle of the two rainbows with the vertical shaft attracted considerable attention, and was noticed by a large number of persons. It was described by several as the V-shaped rainbow. The sketch, made by my assistant, Mr. C. Grover, shows it as seen from the East Lodge, Rousdon, over the Coast Guard Station.

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PEEK, C. Abnormal Rainbows. Nature 53, 557 (1896).

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