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VIEWER SNAPSHOTS: Rainbow-esque cloud spotted near Ozark, Mo.

Courtesy: Jennifer Madura
Courtesy: Jennifer Madura(KY3)
Published: May. 9, 2020 at 3:30 PM CDT
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A viewer near Ozark, Missouri captured an uncommon sight in the sky Saturday afternoon.

Jennifer Madura submitted several photos of a rainbow-esque cloud spotted over U.S. Route 65 around 1:30 p.m. The optical phenomenon is scientifically known as a circumhorizontal arc.

The circumhorizontal arc is formed when the sunlight is refracted in plate-shaped ice crystals. Essentially, ice crystals split the sunlight into the color spectrum.

Circumhorizontal arcs are most common in high-level clouds, or cirrus clouds. The sun has to be higher than 58° in elevation in order for this phenomenon to occur.

According to the

, in countries north or south of latitude 55°, the circumhorizontal arc cannot be seen because the sun is always lower than 58°.

Check out these snapshots below and submit yours to the KY3 Weather App.

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