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Brad explains the awesome rainbow seen Friday

Many WCNC Charlotte viewers shared photos of the horizontal rainbow seen in portions of the Carolinas.

HICKORY, N.C. — "Pretty awesome atmospheric optics today," was the explanation from WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich for the horizontal rainbow seen in the afternoon sky Friday.

Photos of the rainbow were shared by many WCNC Charlotte viewers, some of which also noted the timing of the atmospheric beauty which came on a holy day for both Christians and Jews, Good Friday and Passover respectively.

"It's so beautiful. Image that on Easter. On Good Friday that shows up," John Crowe said in a Facebook video Friday recorded in Caldwell County. "I'm going to get some still shots and send it over to Brad Panovich to see if we can get it on tv."

Check out the rainbow in the sky.

Posted by Caldwell Co.Severe Weather Net. on Friday, April 15, 2022

Panovich saw those images along with dozens of others sent in by viewers.

"The ice crystal in the high clouds today are the correct size and shape to act like prisms to create the cool show in the sky," Panovich explained.

The same conditions also produced the halo effect seen by some, as WCNC Charlotte's Brittany Van Voorhees explained.

 🌩️ If you like weather, watch Brad Panovich and the WCNC Charlotte First Warn Weather Team on their YouTube channel, Weather IQ. 🎥

Here is a look at some of the amazing rainbow photos you send to Panovich and team:

Contact Brad Panovich at bpanovich@wcnc.com or follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  

Contact Brittany Van Voorhees at bvanvoorhe@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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