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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 19 Lewes}} Long Neck )) Lewes )) Pot-Nets Lakeside, Long Neck PAT CASADEI PHOTO Broadkill Beach)) KATIE BRAGG PHOTO Savannah Road, the roof of Ocean Retreat Day Spa, Lewes READERS MAKE LOCAL RAINBOW CONNECTION The Cape Region was awash with a double-arc rainbow June 16, after a brief storm struck the area. According to Ken Kostu- ra, National Oceanic At- mospheric Administra- tion's National Weather Service forecaster: "One of the most spectacular at- mospheric phenomena is the rainbow .... With vary- ing degrees of clarity, six distinct bands of color can be seen from the outmost band of red gradually blending to orange, yellow, green, blue and ending with an innermost band of violet. "The two basic ingredi- ents for creating a rainbow are sun and rain. Typically, a rainbow can be viewed when the observer is situ- ated with the sun on one side and a rain shower oc- curring in the opposite part of the sky. Like in real es- tate, location is critical. The sun must be at a low in the sky so that the rays of light pass through the rain- drops at the correct angle. The sun must be facing the rain, so when one observes a rainbow, the sun will al- ways be at your back. "When sunlight strikes a raindrop the white light of the sun is refracted; it sepa- rates into the colors of the visible spectrum of light. Light which appears to be white is really composed of a mixture of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and vio- let light. After sunlight hits a round raindrop, the light is separated into the colors and each color of the light travels to the back of the drop where the colors bounces off at an angle. The rainbow light is re- flected to the eye at an an- gle of 42 degrees to the original ray of sunlight. The separate colors pass through the front face of the raindrop, below the point where the sunlight first entered. This process occurs through millions of raindrops at the same time resulting in a rainbow. "There are times when nature allows you to dou- ble your viewing pleasure with spectacular double rainbow. The secondary rainbow lines up parallel to the primary rainbow with colors usually appearing dimmer than the primary bow. The secondary bow is always visible above the primary bow and it sus- pends a larger arc across the sky. In contrast to the primary rainbow, the sec- ondary rainbow's colors appear in a reverse order with the violet being the outmost part of the arc and the red on the inner of the arc. The secondary rain- bow develops when some of the light fails to escape the raindrop and bounces off the inside of the drop a second time, then exits just below the location of the light creating the first rain- bow. This produces a dim- mer, mirror image of the primary rainbow called the secondary rainbow." SEE ME BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY From West Virginia Avenue on Broadkill Beach as ther Cape-May Lewes ferry passes through. Midway )) Bob Evans on Route 1 GREG HOCKIN PHOTO KATHRYN HARRIS PHOTO Lewes Beach at the foot of East Market Street Lewes)) Colby Anderson, Lewes LAURIE ANDERSON PHOTO Rehoboth Beach )) I PAT HENRY PHOTO Wauwinet Court, The MeadoWs, Rehoboth Beach