Double rainbow over Chiswick

Rare meteorological event caught on camera

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Local photographer John Davies was quick off the mark this week when he spotted a spectacular site in the sky above Chiswick.

The evening sky was enhanced by not one but two rainbows something which occurs very rarely. The phenomenon is known as a secondary rainbow and occurs when raindrops high in the atmosphere refract and reflect light back to the viewer.

John said, "It's a very unusual sight - a complete double rainbow over Chiswick rooftops. I don't think I've ever seen a double rainbow before, let alone managed to photograph one. It lasted for just a couple of minutes before vanishing. "

The photo was taken early Sunday evening (June 27) following an exceptionally heavy fall of rain.

July 1, 2004