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Tornado - Rainbow Optical Illusion?

This is a fascinating image below. When I first saw it I was impressed by what I thought was a good photoshop creation. What do you think is the truth of this image?

Tornado - Rainbow Optical Illusion Image?
Credit: Eric Nguyen (Oklahoma U.), www.mesoscale.ws

As it turns out this is an actual photograph taken by a storm chaser. Sun, rainbow, tornado and hail all colliding in this rarely seen combination. I found this on Astronomy Picture of the Day. They had this to say about this picture.
Explanation: The scene might have been considered serene if it weren't for the tornado. Last June in Kansas, storm chaser Eric Nguyen photographed this budding twister in a different light -- the light of a rainbow. Pictured above, a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun, peeking through a clear patch of sky to the left, illuminates some buildings in the foreground. Sunlight reflects off raindrops to form a rainbow. By coincidence, the tornado appears to end right over the rainbow. Streaks in the image are hail being swept about by the high swirling winds. Over 1,000 tornadoes, the most violent type of storm known, occur on Earth every year, many in tornado alley. If you see a tornado while driving, do not try to outrun it -- park your car safely, go to a storm cellar, or crouch under steps in a basement.


Badger said...

Interesting photo. I have observed this effect often when photographing rainbows. Never quite this dramatic - but one can often see that the sky is completely a different shade on one side of the rainbow. I'd love to know why this shows up like this (but I'm too lazy to google it, okay?).

Anonymous said...

saved by the rainbow

Digital Knowledge said...

the rainbow acted like a shield, i havent seen an actual footage of these event before. i hope someday i could

Anonymous said...

Im thinking that this guy could have taken the photo as the tornado was forming?

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