Is that a 'fire rainbow' or iridescent cloud that Stomper saw in the sky?

Submitted by Stomper William

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Stomper William was driving from Clementi Mall to Jem yesterday (Oct 16) when he saw what appeared to be an unusual cloud that stood out from the rest.

He said: "It stood out from the other clouds as it was covered in rainbow colours.

"We took a couple of photos and did a quick check online. It seems it could likely be a fire rainbow that we spotted!"

Also known as a circumhorizontal arc, a fire rainbow is an optical phenomenon that is formed when sunlight passes through and is refracted by ice crystals in cirrus clouds at a high altitude.

Meanwhile, an iridescent cloud is when light passes through tiny ice crystals or water droplets and is diffracted, thus resulting in a rainbow-like effect.

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