Sunday, 24 June, 2018

9-hour rainbow in Taiwan may be the longest-lasting yet

CCU Taipei Taiwan CCU Taipei Taiwan
Kenny Thornton | 05 December, 2017, 16:32

The rainbow arched over northern Taiwan for almost nine hours - eight hours and 58 minutes, to be exact - making it the longest-lasting rainbow on record, according to students and staff of Chinese Culture University. If confirmed, this would shatter the previous record set in Wetherby in Yorkshire UK on March 14, 1994, which was recorded as lasting from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., or 6 hours.

It felt like a gift from the sky.

The recordings and the pictures taken by them showed the colourful stretch lasted from 06:57 local time until 15:55.

The rainbow, which curved over Taipei last Thursday, lasted from 6.57 a.m.to 3.55 p.m., professors at the nearby Chinese Culture University said. Students at the university were enlisted to help document the rainbow (though presumably they would have done so anyway), giving his department upwards of 10,000 pictures as proof.

According to him, the department was ready to capture the rainbow as they had recorded a six-hour rainbow the previous Monday.

The natural marvel didn't catch the department wholly by surprise: There was a nearly-six hour rainbow the previous week.

CCU Taipei Taiwan
CCU Taipei Taiwan

But three days later, he and a colleague observed the record-breaking nine-hour rainbow near the university.

Local media reports said that Chou and Liu were originally tracking the rainbow to prove a theory that they descend seven degrees every 30 minutes.

"After four hours, we mobilised all our students and began to notify everyone in the school to take pictures and send us pictures". I was so excited; I wanted to make sure we captured the rainbow.

To apply for Guinness World Record's "longest-lasting rainbow", the professors are gathering more evidence from those who witnessed the unusual phenomenon on campus that day.

A seasonal monsoon, slow wind speed, and sunlight sparked last Thursday's phenomenon, national newspaper Taiwan News reported.

Such atmospheric conditions are common in winter in Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range, where the campus is located, making it an ideal place for spotting long-lasting rainbows, Chou said.

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