Saturday, August 20, 2022

Still Life with Robin: Cloud Iridescence

by Peggy Robin

This column comes about a dozen days after the eye-popping appearance of the weather phenomenon “Cloud Iridescence” in our area. I would have posted about it in last week’s Still Life with Robin column but I wanted to give priority to Restaurant Week (tomorrow, August 21, is the last day!). And it’s not like the photos would become outdated in the meantime. 

Here’s your spirit-lifting dose of “Cloud Iridescence” which lit up the skies on August 9, mainly over Loudon County, VA.  (If the photos don’t all come through on this platform is rather stingy with its allocation of images!)--you can view the photos at All Life Is Local. 

Lisa J McGrail 8:24 PM · Aug 9, 2022 from Ashburn, VA · Twitter

Kevin Fliess  @kevinfliess 6:58 PM · Aug 9, 2022 from Ashburn, VA· Twitter

Hey  @capitalweather - what do you call this cool rainbow coming off this beautiful cumulus cloud?


Steve Rodeffer @SteveRodeffer 7:20 PM · Aug 9, 2022 · Twitter

More about “Cloud Iridescence” here: 

….plus a simpler scientific explanation, along with an incredible photo gallery of images here:



Still Life with Robin is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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