10 Photos of Clouds That Signal The ‘END OF TIMES!’ Or Maybe Not?

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Published on September 22nd, 2015 | by Brandon Ramsey in Geography

Just recently, a mysterious cloud phenomenon occurred over the Coasta Rica. The it happened on a Tuesday afternoon and was visible in several cities including San Jose Pavas, Escazu, Parrita, and Hatillo.


Believe it or not, these amazing photos were taken on the country’s Independence Day. People flocked to social media with photos of this incredible occurrence, saying looked like something out of an “end times scene.”



One resident of Escazu named Joey Ptit told ABC news that he was at the playground with his family when his 11-year-old son noticed the cloud in the sky.


Joey said he immediately grabbed the camera and started taking photos. No one knew what it was or why it was happening.


People started coming up with wild theories ranging from UFOs, to signs from God. Scientists later revealed that the event was a result of something called “cloud iridescence.”


Next in our look at these mysterious clouds, we travel to South Carolina where residents were treated to what is commonly known as a “fire rainbow” which is pictured above.


Apparently, this is a very rare occurrence and it only sticks around for a small period of time. Tiffany Jenks, a resident of Palms, South Carolina told CBS news that “Others like myself at the time didn’t know that it was a rare kind of rainbow, a fire rainbow I later learned.”


The scientific name for these “fire rainbows” is circumhorizontal arcs. They tend to appear in high-level cirrus clouds which are made up of small ice crystals.

Justin Lock, a meteorologist, explained how this happens: “To produce the rainbow colors the sun’s ray’s must enter the ice crystals at a precise angle to give the prism effec of the color spectrum.”


Lock continued: “The sun must be at an altitude of at least 58 degrees above the horizon. Again it has to do with getting the precise angle.”


Jenks put it perfectly when she told CBS that “the world today is so full of strife, but just for that brief moment, when looking at the fire rainbow myself, the others around me, and those seeing the photo, I seemed to step back and remember how beautiful our planet really is and how blessed we are to be a part of it.”


I don’t think I could have put it better myself. Thanks as always for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment and share these beautiful photos with your friends and family!

Photo credit: Instagram/social media

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