Winter rainbows on the Kenai Peninsula?

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2002

While spring, summer and autumn rainbows are not too unusual on the Kenai Peninsula, January rainbows, appear rather unique even to old Alaskan Sourdoughs. That's because the major elements of sun and rain that cause the spectrum to appear are rare occurrences in January.

No one contacted was able to confirm, when if ever, the last time a rainbow was sighted in Alaska in January, but all agreed that it was an uncommon phenomenon this far north in January. The rainbows may be the only thing that has been pretty about the unseasonably warm weather. According to Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford, automobile accidents since November are double what they were a year ago, and there have been 19 accidents since Christmas alone. The weather additionally has been responsible for flight delays, and an increase in costs for sanding of roads, walkways, and airport runways.

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