Images of the “fire cloud” seen over Echo Park

For those of you lucky enough to be outdoors today, the “rainbow in the clouds” event produced some impressive photos all over the social media networks. A savvy Facebook fan pointed out that the phenomenon is known as a “circumhorizontal arc,” or “fire clouds.”

A Wikipedia article has educated us on the phenomenon: Taking place usually when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, producing not fire nor a rainbow, but reflections from ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. This one wasn’t a full arc, but just a small, patchy fragment.

Check out the photos collected from various sources and followers below!

Near Chango. Instagram photo via fcvc

From the LA Dodgers Facebook fan page.

Twitter photo via @yyys0

Instagram photo via elphcstl

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