in Kamloops brings showers, and we need those showers to make our lawns and gardens
happy. We love the green grass and have
plenty of it to make our city pretty for the coming season. We can enjoy the green of our hills until the
hot summer weather turns that to the sage and brown we expect.
Some years it is hard to believe but Kamloops is
a semi-arid region which means only 25 to 50 cm of rainfall a year and our
average is only 21.8 cm so we do qualify.
I think we say this every year but we seem to have had lots of showers
this year plus we’ve seen some storms that offered some amazing light shows.
|Storm ahead |
On a recent
trip east of town, we were heading towards a black sky that looked like a very
ugly storm was happening. We followed
Hwy 1 until we reached Monte Creek, where we saw a faint showing of a rainbow, then
took Hwy 97 to head south. It looked
like we had missed the big storm.
|Turbulant clouds coming|
climbed the hill we could see the rainbow up ahead with a very faint second
rainbow happening as well. The sun was
working some magic with the raindrops and we were enjoying the view.
In no time
we could see a very definite second rainbow, I don’t remember ever seeing a
double rainbow before, it looked amazing.
That means there is twice the chance for a pot of gold at the end of the
rainbow, better odds than usual. We are
heading in the right direction!
|Double rainbow |
my interest so I had to ‘google’ the double rainbow to learn more. The rainbow is considered a phenomenon, as an
optical one and a meteorological one.
They are caused by both a reflection and refraction of light inside
water droplets. Imagine the zillions of
raindrops all lit up, that makes a rainbow!
|The rainbow phenomenon|
learning the colors of the rainbow in early school days and memorized them by
remembering the name ROY G BIV, for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and
violet, with the red on the outer edge. When there
are the two rainbows, technically called a double rainbow, the colors of the
second rainbow are reversed so the reds are facing each other. The light is reflected twice inside the water
droplets. Interesting, huh?
|Distinct darker band between rainbows|
|Sunshine is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow|
has to be just right for a rainbow to appear; water, sunlight and Mother Nature’s
magic. We watched that magic make a very
strong arc across the sky for several minutes.
We live in an area that has plenty of that magic to see. Kamloops offers four seasons, green grass,
blue waters and 2000 hours of sunshine a year. Enjoy your summer.
There is just no place like home.