A fogbow is a very similar to a rainbow; however, as its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain.  It is also a rare phenomena too.  Small water droplets create a fogbow.  Very weak colors are seen in a fogbow.  It has a bluish inner edge and a reddish outer edge.

A sea dog fogbow over the south Oregon coast (Photo by JHL)
A sea dog fogbow over the south Oregon coast (Photo by JHL)

Since the water droplets are very small, the fogbow appears white, which is why it is sometimes white rainbows.  When the droplets forming it are almost all of the same size the fogbow can have multiple inner rings, or supernumeraries, that are more strongly colored than the main bow.  Unlike a rainbow, fogbows normally appear as a band of bright white, sometimes with hints of red or blue. Because of these differences, fog bows are often referred to by other names – cloud bows, white rainbows or ghost rainbows.

Mars & a Lunar Fog Bow
Mars & a Lunar Fog Bow Mars & a Lunar Fog Bow. Mars and a Colorful Lunar Fog Bow Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN)

When viewing a fogbow from the air looking down, such as when you’re in an airplane, it is called a cloud bow.  Mariners sometimes called his phenomena sea dogs.  When a fogbow is seen at night, it is called a lunar fog bow.

The Mie scattering simulation used a mean droplet diameter of 60 micron with a lognormal distribution of diameters having a standard deviation 12% to match the width of the primary fogbow and the position of the two supernumerary arcs inside the main bow.

A fogbow has the same direction as a rainbow so that the sun would be behind the viewer and the direction would be into the bank of the fog.  Its outer radius is slightly less than that of a rainbow.

Fogbow in the Arctic
Fogbow in the Arctic

Your best chances of catching a fogbow are when the Sun is shining brightly and the fog is thin – they’ll appear as the sun breaks through the fog behind you. You’ll often find fogbows as the cool sea mists roll in over the ocean or as fog makes its way down a hillside or mountainside. And, if you happen to be in the middle of a fog or a cloud – say, in an airplane – you might see a full circle rather than an arch as seen below.

Full circle fogbow.
Full circle fogbow.

On rare occasions, you might see a solar glory or a Brocken spectre within a fog bow. Glories look just like halos, and they’re normally centered on a Brocken spectre or an object within the fog. These colorful rings are created by sunlight reflecting off water droplets in much the same way that rainbows and fogbows are created. A Brocken spectre is a spooky phenomenon that looks like a ghost within the fog. These shadowy shapes are named after a peak within Germany’s Hartz Mountains where Brocken spectres are commonly seen. Brocken spectres are caused by a shadow thrown on the fog – either your own, or that of a nearby object.

Brocken Spectre at Lough Corrib, a lake in the west of Ireland, near the city of Galway. Photo by Conor Ledwith Photography.
Brocken Spectre at Lough Corrib, a lake in the west of Ireland, near the city of Galway. Photo by Conor Ledwith Photography.

Till Next Time,






The Full Strawberry Moon Rises Today

The full strawberry moon will rise again tonight, 2 June 2015.
The full strawberry moon will rise again tonight, 2 June 2015.

What is a Strawberry Moon? The full moon that appears in June is called the Strawberry Moon. In North America, the peak harvesting season for strawberries in June gives that month’s full moon its name. The Strawberry Moon is one of the few full moon names that is universal to every Algonquin tribe.

The rise of this moon signaled to the Algonquin that is was time to gather the ripening fruit.  The moon will look its reddest when it first comes over the horizon.  In Europe, it is known as the Full Rose Moon, while other cultures named it the first Hot Moon, for the beginning of the summer heat.

A poem by Robert Graves is very appropriate.

wild strawberries by robert graves


According to weather lore, the change of the Moon from wax to wane during the first three days, you’ll get no rain.  If this is true, we’ll have beautiful June weather after the Strawberry Moon!

Will you be viewing the Strawberry Moon tonight?  Leave your comments below.

See you next time!

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I Fell Back With the Time Too I Think

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Hello, my dear readers!

I have had my post page open for over an hour now, fully intending to make a post.  I am way behind this week, for I should have started the two reviews that should be done by the end of this week and even started the book that I am suppose to be reading.

The past two days here we have had some beautiful weather, with today being the nicer of the two.  Today we hit 60 and it remained nice out until about 3 o’clock, when the sun began its descent to the horizon and it began to get chilly and dark out.  I managed to get laundry hung out both yesterday and today.  Gotta take advantage of the sun and the breezes whilst we have it(especially with out dryer broke!)

Today marked a very unprecedented event, something that I hope becomes tradition.  After Chris got out of work, we went down to our polling place, and he and I voted.  Chris is a man who will sit and complain about those in government and the laws but won’t do anything about it, especially vote, won’t go to the doctor, etc.  But Cuomo has become a bee under his bonnet(and I don’t blame him one bit) and he is not alone.  My heart lept in joy when he and I went down there together.  It may seem like a trite thing to some, but it made me feel awesome.  Now, if only his hardened heart will lax and he will rethink his stand on going to church…baby steps  🙂  They didn’t give us stickers down at out polling place(they must have run out, which often times happens) but instead I got a widget on my blog>>> look to your right  😀

So I am thinking, since we fell behind with our time change, I must have fallen behind too.  I do feel the change more so this year than in the past.  I look at the clock thinking it is one time but it is actually an hour behind.  I haven’t slept well the past couple nights.  Isabelle has a cold or allergies….or something.  A day after we brought her home from the SPCA, she started sneezing and last night about 2am, she woke up sneezing madly and stayed up and paced.  I got up with her the first time and then fell back asleep for a couple hours, rising again at about 4:20am to her pacing and sneezing. so I got up and made some coffee.  We’re keeping an eye on her.  We don’t want anything to happen to her.

Oh, and btw, The Backwater Primer has it’s own email now.  Please send all correspondences to: backwaterprimer@yahoo.com.

I will check back in back here in a day or two.  I must get those reviews done ASAP.  Have a good hump day!