"Oh, I'm a fire rainbow. I look really cool. I only show up during very specific conditions, so I'm better than all the other rainbows." — This fire rainbow, probably
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Hey, fire rainbow that showed up in South Carolina over the weekend! Why don't you stop showing off for a second and tell us about yourself, huh? Oh, you're too busy being cool to answer my question? This is SO like you, fire rainbow, making everyone else do the work while you just sit there.
Ugh, FINE. I'll just quote 14 News:
According to Meteorologist Justin Lock, a strict set of conditions are required for fire rainbows to appear. First, they only occur in high-level cirrus clouds made up of tiny ice crystals.
"To produce the rainbow colors the sun’s rays must enter the ice crystals at a precise angle to give the prism effect of the color spectrum," Lock said, adding the sun must be at an altitude of at least 58 degrees above the horizon. "Again, it has to do with getting the precise angle."