Subject: I saw a Polarized Rainbow! Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 01:18:24 -0800 From: Neal Rasmussen <nealras1@airmail.net> To: hwang@phy03.phy.ntnu.edu.tw I am, as far as I know, the first to see a "Polarized Rainbow"! I think we should name this phenomona the "Rasmussen-Wang Rainbow". :-) I am a tornado chaser for 20 years. About 4 years ago I was driving through a McDonald's drive thru. As it was just after a pretty good storm, I had mys polarized yellow tinted flip-up sunglasses on. Low and behold I almost dropped my cigarette into my lap. There off in the east was a double rainbow! Not the kind I've seen dozens of times where the second one is reveresed and much outside the primary, but this was immediatly INSIDE the primary! Gaping with my mouth open and people behind me honking, I flipped my flip-ups up and the second inner one went away! I must have sat there for 2 minutes flipping my sunglasses. The colors were NOT reversed and it looked like one continuous double wide rainbow, with two complete sets of colors. I ruled out that the flip-ups where giving double vision as I looked at lights the next day, streetlights headlights, etc. and no doubles! Can this possibly be? Could a source of polarized light be at a different angle, perhaps the sun shining through a cirrus cloud or noctelucent (sp). Neal Rasmussen nealras1@airmail.net