Wild week of weather!
A more serene meteorological phenomenon occurred in Utah on Monday. A large, vibrant and colorful rainbow appeared to form out of nowhere in the middle of the day. The photos and video caught fire on social media and had many scratching their heads. The rainbow feature is likely an exaggerated form of what is called cloud iridescence. Cloud iridescence is essentially the appearance of colors in or immediately next to high-level clouds, such as cirrus, alto-cumulus or lenticular. This phenomenon isn't all too rare, but it doesn't usually take on the appearance shown above.
Of course, the week brought the fourth nor'easter of March to parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where snowfall totals of over a foot were recorded. Now, there's a late-season wintry storm system gaining strength in the middle of the country, which is bringing heavy snow to parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota today. That system will affect parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky tonight and Saturday, leading to heavy snow and hazardous driving conditions. The good news with this system is that it will completely miss Michiana to the south. For the central part of the Hoosier State, the snow will likely melt by late in the day Sunday thanks to the strong sun angle this time of year.