Meteorologist explains what a 'fogbow' is

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Meteorologist Explains What the Heck a 'Fogbow' Is

Fogbows are phenomenons that are rarely spotted -- but what are they? They look like retro, faded rainbows that stayed out in the sun too long and lost their color.

Well, after a fogbow was spotted in Tulsa, the chief meteorologist at our partner station KJRH set out to explain what was up.

"Rainbows occur when raindrops are large enough to refract sunlight into these little individual colors that you see there. ... The water droplets in a fogbow are a lot smaller, and so the refractions aren't as precise, so the light scatters from a fogbow and you get a lot of what you call color overlapping, so it looks dull," he explained.

Now we have to know: If there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, what's at the end of a fogbow?

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Meteorologist explains what a 'fogbow' is
Rainbow of fog, or fog bow panorama seen in the early morning hours. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada
Rainbow over road covered in fog
Colorless rainbow or fogbow in fine mist over meadow, Ontario, Canada.
Fog bow, Monhegan Island, Maine. A fog bow is similar to a rainbow but is white because of the smallness of the water droplets that cause fog.
Sunbeams and fog building a fogbow over an allotment garden area in Switzerland.
Fogbow - white rainbows, cloudbows or ghost of a rainbow are formed in the same way as rainbows in that light is reflected inside tiny water droplets and emerges to form a large circle or arc.
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