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We had a great time in the below zero weather taking pictures of our “snowbow.”
According to Christopher Baird a physics professor “Strictly speaking, a rainbow is defined as only caused by raindrops. However, the exact same physics that happens in raindrops also happens in snow and ice crystals and so they can also create color patterns similar to rainbows. They are just not called “rainbows”. They are called “icebows”, “halos”, “sun dogs” or “arcs”. Because ice and snow crystals have more complicated shapes than spherical raindrops, they can create more complicated color patterns than regular rainbows.”
So there you have it. Our “Snowbow” explained. We just think it’s pretty whatever you call it.