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Are fogbows unusual in Ireland?

  • 03-01-2017 9:07pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,847 ✭✭✭ pauldry

    Was walking in Sligo today and there was a white rainbow at 330pm. Unfortunately I didnt have my camera but it was a fogbow.

    I was just wondering are these common in Ireland or are they unusual? I cant remember seeing one as clearly as todays ever.

    There was drizzle fog and sunshine so i guess the conditions were perfect. Can anyone more knowledgeable clarify further?


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,409 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7

    I have seen them on days when the conditions are right, Utter beauty, but rare

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,085 ✭✭✭✭ joujoujou

    Saw one last year, August or September IIRC. And that was the only one I've ever seen.

    Somewhere between Ballymote and Bunninaden, co. Sligo.

    Really regret I didn't stop and take a photo. :(

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,355 ✭✭✭ Popoutman

    I see them regularly enough, though I have a habit of looking for atmospheric phenomena. Most people don't realise that they could be looking at a fogbow, given that the bows are generally free of colour and a lot more subtle than bows from larger raindrops.

  • Registered Users Posts: 464 ✭✭ space2ground1

    There was a fairly spectacular one in Dunmore East in Waterford during the summer. The photo doesn't do it justice!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,085 ✭✭✭✭ joujoujou

    One from last week. To be honest, I would not spot it (it's barely visible) but seeing weather conditions I knew I could expected one, so looked around.

    Sorry for poor photos from the phone. :o




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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,085 ✭✭✭✭ joujoujou

    More experience or what? :confused:

    Another one just a week after. :cool: