bows, not to be confused with supernumeraries,
do not have an agreed explanation
but they could be produced by non-spherical raindrops
or ice spheres.
||Imaged by Vincent
at Breil in the French Alpes-Maritimes, 5th May 2004.
||Serge Vasseur (site)
saw these bows on July 17, 2004 (sun 15.5° high) at Presles, France.
The bows occurred after a thunderstorm ending with heavy rain, small
transparent hailstones and some scattered snowflakes.
||Imaged by Eva Seidenfaden
at Trier, Germany on Sept 11, 2005. The secondary bow is not
split - in agreement with simulations from non-spherical
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