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What causes a rainbow?

We can usually see rainbows right after a rainstorm on a warm Spring day. These giant colorful arcs stand out against the dark rain clouds. Have you ever wondered what causes this phenomena? Find out how rainbows are created in this article from HowStuffWorks.


'Pilot's Glory': Why a Rainbow Encircles an Airplane Shadow on Clouds

What conditions create the atmospheric phenomenon known as a pilot's glory? Learn more about circular rainbows in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Weather Patterns Are Getting Stuck as Climate Changes Affect the Jet Stream

The planet's disproportionately changing temperatures will affect the flow of the atmosphere's jet streams. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Becoming Better Solar Meteorologists, With Help From Some Monster Waves

Scientists have observed huge "Rossby-like" waves moving through the sun. This discovery could be a big help in forecasting explosive solar events. See more »

Yes, Wind Can Blow You Away If It's the Right Speed

How hard does the wind have to blow to knock a person off his feet? HowStuffWorks talks to an expert to find out. See more »

Earth's Early Atmosphere Was Briefly a Methane Haze

How did Earth's atmosphere develop oxygen necessary for life? Learn about methane's role in the early atmosphere in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Green Fireball Lights Up Midwestern Night Skies

A green fireball lit up Midwestern skies in February. Learn more about meteors at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

NASA Investigates Cosmic Ray Impact on High-altitude Travelers

NASA's RaD-X system studies cosmic rays that hit people in airplanes. Learn more about cosmic rays and RaD-X in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Weather Myths Quiz

From ancient gods to your know-it-all neighbor Gary, everyone thinks they know the weather. Take our weather myths quiz to see how smart you really are. See more »

Weather Bombs Are Spectacularly Destructive

Weather bombs are super destructive, bringing with them storm surges, towering waves and sometimes hurricane-force winds. HowStuffWorks Now explores. See more »

200 Years Ago, We Had a Year Without a Summer

It was so cold during the Year Without a Summer that folks in Virginia went sleigh riding. In June. Learn about that 1816 summer at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »