30 photos of incredible double rainbows gracing over Vancouver

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Did you see two vivid rainbows streaking over the skies of Metro Vancouver this evening? It occurred at approximately 6 p.m. at the tail end of today’s severe rainstorm, just as the sun began to set below the horizon.

Social media feeds were flooded with photos of expansive rainbows flanking the region. But what does it mean?

There might have been two pots of gold up for grabs at some point of the evening, but if you are looking for a scientific explanation: Rainbows are created when light is reflected and refracted when it enters through raindrops.

And with double rainbows, this phenomenon occurs when this reflection and refraction process is repeated twice inside a raindrop. Compared to the primary rainbow, double rainbows generally appear dimmer and the colours are ‘reversed’.

According to Environment Canada’s latest forecast, residents in the region can expect a mix of sun and cloud cover for Sunday.

Here is a compilation of the 30 best Instagram photos of this evening’s Vancouver double rainbows that use the hashtag #VancityBuzz:

There’s a double rainbow right now!

A photo posted by Eric C (@congeewong) on

Double rainbow! #vancouver #vancitybuzz #downtown #granvillestreet #vancity #makeawish A photo posted by Kari (@cc_ca) on

Double Rainbow! #vancity #vancouver #beautifulbc #miss604 #vancitybuzz #rainbow #doublerainbow #autumn

A photo posted by Bill Kwok (@matzuda) on

#Vancouver right now. #rainbow @bcplacestadium @604now #vancitybuzz A photo posted by Brent Dawes (@dtours) on

Double Rainbow #vancouver #coquitlam #bc #rain #fallseason #vancitybuzz #vancityhype A photo posted by @jay.cee89 on

My first pic on my new 6s+ was a good one! #rainbow #Vancouver

A photo posted by Mike Jonca (@mikejonca) on

The beauty after the storm #doublerainbow #rainyday #rainbow #wheresmypotofgold #beautifulbc #vancitybuzz A photo posted by Suzana A (@zanaaxo) on

Rainbow #vancitybuzz #vancity #vancouverisawesome #joycecollingwood

A photo posted by Alessandra Gava (@agavacan) on

Find me at the end of the rainbow #nofilter #rainbow #vancouver #igersvancouver #explorebc #vancitybuzz A photo posted by TheRealHaash (@_maya_nga_) on

Rainbows descending. #vancitybuzz #rainbows #doublerainbows #burnabyheights

A photo posted by Faye Alexander (@fawnaflorafaye) on

The #sign of #God. A perfect end for a beautiful rainy day… A photo posted by Amin :) (@aminsameni) on

Double rainbow #beautifulbc #sunset #yvr A photo posted by Mabel (@mabelyvonne_) on

What a beauty! #doublerainbow #rainbow #vancitybuzz #vancity #vancouver #newwestview #fraserriver #vancouverisawesome

A photo posted by From Kazakhstan with love (@iamveeka) on

#vancouver #doublerainbow #vancity #vancitybuzz #instasky #beautiful A photo posted by @jgee12 on

Just in time for the rainbow. #olympicvillage #photos604 #vancouverisawesome #vancitybuzz #vancouver #scienceworld

A photo posted by Lauren J Tetreault (@laurenjoanphotography) on

Happy thanksgiving long weekend, friends!!! And happiest birthday to my bf forever and ever, @evelynl10. A photo posted by #foeanddear (@foeanddear) on

A majestic end to the day. #vancouver #britishcolumbia #canada #vancouverisawesome #vancouver #vancitybuzz A photo posted by ribboninthesky (@ribboninthesky) on

Double rainbow view from the Colingwood area. #vancouverisawesome #joycecollingwood #vancitybuzz

A photo posted by Mario Duarte (@mduartejr) on

#doublerainbow #explorebc #vancitybuzz #vancouver A photo posted by @jukker on

Beautiful double rainbow from Collingwood area #vancitybuzz #joycecollingwood #vancouverisawesome #vancouver

A photo posted by Mario Duarte (@mduartejr) on

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