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Quadruple Rainbow: Long Island Commuter Captures Amazing Photo

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 07:03 PM

Long Island, New York, commuter Amanda Curtis snapped a photo of a quadruple rainbow while waiting for a train, and the image has gone viral.



Some have expressed doubt about the quadruple rainbow photo, but Curtis told Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel that it is authentic.

“I was outside and my train was coming. I think I’m good under pressure and just decided to snap it and run after my train,” Curtis told The Weather Channel.

Paul Neiman of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration described how the occurrence is possible because the presence of Oyster Bay “likely provided the reflective surface to create the reflected-light rainbows,” The Washington Post reported.

“I just thought it was interesting,” Curtis told the New York Daily News. “It’s Tuesday, it’s 6:30 a.m., you need a little motivation.”

Raymond Lee, a research professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, said that the term quadruple rainbow is a misnomer in this instance, Fast Company reported.

"Because [this] optical process can make visible as many as two primary rainbows and two secondary rainbows opposite the sun (with one pair slightly offset in elevation from the other), the label ‘quadruple’ understandably gets used," Lee said. "However, the unusual sunlight-reflection rainbows are entirely different rainbow phenomena from (and appear on the opposite side of the sky from) the extraordinarily rare tertiary and quaternary rainbows."

But, science aside, the rare image captivated Twitter users.







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