No filter necessary.
That was the message from photographers who went rainbow chasing Thursday evening after a burst of heavy rain.
A double rainbow that arced over downtown brought dozens of photographers to the Boylan Street bridge for the skyline scene that soon appeared on social media accounts across Raleigh.
Barrett Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said rainbows – arches of color formed when water droplets in the air cause the diffraction of sunlight – are most common in the late afternoon and evening when the angle of the sun aligns to hit the droplets just right.
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“With the right angle, that’s what allows you to see all of the colors,” Smith said.
A double rainbow is caused by a second reflection in the water droplets, which is why the colors of the second, higher rainbow will show up in reverse from the primary rainbow, he said.
Ashton Mae Smith, a project manager at Citrix, was waiting out the storm at her downtown office when she caught her first glimpse of the rainbow through a window.
“It was just good timing and a great rooftop view,” said Smith who took photographs to share.
In North Hills, the rain washed out a beach music concert, but the rainbow provided entertainment, said Bonner Gaylord, general manager at North Hills and a city councilman.
“It was certainly a beautiful aftermath,” Gaylord said.