Great Land of Alaska

Rainbows

In order for a rainbow to form, certain conditions must be present--the unobscured sun low near the horizon, and moist air. With a low sun and lots of rain, many parts of Alaska have perfect conditions for rainbows.

Rainbows appear on the side of the viewer opposite the sun. They are created when water droplets reflect the sunlight back towards the viewer. The droplets act like tiny prisms, breaking the sun's white light down into its separate colors.

Kenai Mountains

Kenai Mountains double rainbow
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Rainbow over Kenai Lake
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Kenai Mountains rainbow
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A nice rainbow we saw on the way from Seward to Kenai one evening. This rainbow was so spectacular in some areas that it appeared on the front page of the newspaper.

Miscellaneous Rainbows

Double rainbow

I saw this double rainbow over Kashwitna Lake after a rainstorm one summer afternoon. Double rainbows, although somewhat uncommon, can often be seen under the right conditions.

Rainbow

A heavy summer rainstorm left a rainbow outside my apartment one day.

Rainbow from trees

This rainbow in the Palmer Creek Valley seems to be growing out of the trees just in front.


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