Double rainbow lights up Singapore sky after heavy showers

Double rainbow lights up Singapore sky after heavy showers
A double rainbow is seen in the sky over central Singapore on Monday (Jan 30).
PHOTO: Facebook

SINGAPORE - While heavy showers blanketed parts of Singapore on the third day of Chinese New Year on Monday (Jan 30), there was something for Singaporeans to cheer about after the rain - a double rainbow event.

Photos of the rare occurrence quickly made their way onto social media, with sightings concentrated mainly in central Singapore and the Central Business District area.

In Chinese culture, a double rainbow is considered auspicious and a reason for reflection and mediation.

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Look up if you're in the city now! Double rainbow!

Posted by Terence Yeo on Monday, 30 January 2017

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Double rainbow over Singapore... double luck for the New Year!

Posted by Christopher Slaughter on Monday, 30 January 2017

The phenomenon occurs when light reflects inside raindrops twice, creating a second spectrum across the sky.

The second rainbow is usually fainter because sunlight is reflected internally twice by the same raindrops.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) had earlier on Monday warned of thundery showers over many areas in the late afternoon.

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It was a particularly wet Chinese New Year for Singapore this year, due to a monsoon surge affecting the South China Sea and the surrounding region.

A double rainbow was last reported in Singapore on Sept 30 last year.

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Double rainbow.. Double Blessings! God’s faithfulness. 🌈✨

Posted by Liz May on Monday, 30 January 2017

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Double rainbow, from my balcony, on the day (or the second, fine) of the Lunar New Year What could it mean

Posted by Ciarán on Monday, 30 January 2017

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大年初三 got double rainbow.

Posted by Boon INono on Monday, 30 January 2017

This article was first published on Jan 30, 2017.
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