Astounding rare footage of a rainbow getting sucked into a tornado!
It only happens once every fifty years at most, but photographers from Basehunters Storm Chasers captured the incredible event this Tuesday.
Rainbows are of course, optical illusions caused by the sun reflecting off of water droplets in the air, and it’s impossible for them to get physically sucked into a tornado. But large tornadoes of sufficient velocity can cause gravitational distortions like those in black holes, which distorts the light waves themselves and essentially sucks the rainbow into the cloud funnel.
The stunning image below is of a rainbow cloud, captured above Mt Everest by Oleg Bartunov whilst on an expedition in the Himalayas, Nepal. The amazing rainbow effect is created when tiny ice crystals in the water vapour of the clouds reflect the sunlight. The sight is rare and has only been reported a few times previously.