Spectacular orange sunset and double ‘dry’ rainbow captured by Safety Bay resident

Rob Britza took this photo of a double rainbow from Penguin Island.
Rob Britza took this photo of a double rainbow from Penguin Island.

SAFETY Bay resident Rob Britza took some amazing photos of the orange sunset and double ‘dry’ rainbow last night.

Not only did the sunset feature orange hues reflected off clouds, there was a double rainbow above Shoalwater. The rainbows could be seen along the coast.

Mr Britza took the photos from Penguin Island.

“What an incredible sunset Tuesday night,” he said.

“We’ve never seen a dry rainbow before but we saw one over Shoalwater.

“To make sure we were actually seeing rainbows without rain, I rang a friend who lives in Shoalwater and sure enough, no rain, just amazing clouds.

“And then there was the sunset over Penguin Island – fabulous.”

Bureau of Meteorology media and communciations manager Neil Bennett said it was a spectacular sunset.

“To get a double rainbow is quite special,” he said.

“The second rainbow is a reflection of the original rainbow.”

Mr Bennett said the ‘dry rainbow’ effect was due to virga, when rain evaporates before it hits the ground.

“The cloud cover last night was quite high – a few kilometres above the ground,” he said.

“As the rain fell, it evaporated before it hit the ground.”

Mr Bennett said the orange colours were due to water droplets being scattered about.