The perfect storm formed over Hollister, California this week, creating a simultaneous rainbow and flashes of light.
storm chaser William Justo. Those who caught Wednesday’s electrifying show told DailyMail.com: I was chasing a stationary area of storms in Hollister, California around sunset and it happened in such a way that a rainbow appeared within the storm.
“I was just hoping to catch a rainbow flash with my iPhone 8 Plus and after a minute it happened.”
The footage shows a menacing sky with shades of deep purple and blue hanging over an open area.
As a gorgeous rainbow emerges from the dark clouds, bright lightning bolts scatter from above, according to the video shared on Storyful.
The perfect storm formed over Hollister, California this week, creating a simultaneous rainbow and flashes of light
“I’ve seen a lot of pictures and videos online with lightning bolts and rainbows together and I’ve always dreamed of experiencing it in person and I finally saw it with my own eyes,” Justo told DailyMail.com.
“It was a surreal experience and I was filled with excitement and an indescribable rush of adrenaline.”
Lightning often occurs during severe storms, while rainbows generally form after the rain has stopped – making the display in the sky a rarely seen sight.
Rainbow lightning is rare because the chances of lightning striking near a rainbow are slim, explained Randall Cerveny, a professor of meteorology at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Storm chaser William Justo captured Wednesday night’s electrifying show using just his smartphone and Nikon camera.
“You don’t normally get these two things to align at the same time,” he said in a 2015 Live Science article.
Both use raindrops in different ways, with rainbows using them to scatter sunlight. Lightning, on the other hand, can occur when raindrops transport electrical charges.
But to capture both at the same time, it needs to rain with enough sunlight for a rainbow to form and lightning strikes to hiss.
People must stand between the sun and the storm at the precise moment when the sunlight hits the raindrops and electrical charges create lightning.
The rare weather phenomenon was previously captured over Idaho’s Lewiston-Clarkson Valley in November 2020 by another storm chaser, Jake Heitmann.
Social media users called the sight a “miracle from Mother Nature” and said it was “beautiful and frightening” at the same time.
The footage shows a menacing sky with shades of deep purple and blue hanging over an open area. As a glorious rainbow emerges from the dark clouds, bright lightning bolts scatter from above
A similar incident occurred in Oklahoma. Stormchaser Jake Heitman told Storyful that he captured the incredible moment outside of Tulsa on Tuesday.
“I fought my way through the storm and went to the back of it to find this amazing rainbow!” said Heitmann.
Footage of the spectacle shows a rainbow clouded by the evening sky while lightning crackles overhead.
Lightning can be seen at least three times throughout the video.
Heitman said he took the unusual shot just seconds after the recording began.
“I set up my cameras and less than 30 seconds after I started recording, there was a beautiful spider flash across the sky,” he said.
What shocked him the most was how the lightning seemed to strike from the middle of the rainbow.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, a rainbow with a bolt of lightning emerging from the middle of the rainbow! It doesn’t get any better!’ said Heitmann.