The weather has been very dramatic this summer in Colorado. Here are a few highlights from this summer.

  • Nearly daily thunderstorms.
  • Downtown Fort Collins flooded.
  • A major hailstorm injured over 100 people at a Red Rocks concert.
  • Many concerts and events have been postponed due to thunder and lightning.
  • Triple-digit heat waves.
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Recently, I was at a Colorado Rockies game. Due to thunderstorms, the game was postponed. You have to wait by the concessions before it is safe to return. I had the same experience when I attended Ed Sheeran's attendance record-breaking concert at Mile High Stadium.

You know what they say: If you hate the weather in Colorado, just wait five minutes.

Let Us Take A Look At the Positive

These large rainstorms have helped reservoirs in Northern Colorado. Draught conditions have also improved.

I don't remember the last time I have seen as many rainbows in the summer. I have seen a handful of double rainbows as well.

I believe the most gorgeous rainbow I have seen this summer was at the season opener for Colorado State Football in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sure, the Rams lost 50-24 against Washington State, but I had a great time attending the game.

A Double Rainbow Over Canvas Stadium

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It was cool to see this double rainbow over Canvas Stadium. Fans around me were looking at the rainbow nearly the entire game. At one point, I heard a fan yell, "it turned into a double! A double rainbow!".

It was quite remarkable, and it was an extremely exciting way to watch the game.

How Do Rainbows Happen?

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According to the National Geographic Society, this is how rainbows work.

Light entering a water droplet is refracted. It is then reflected by the back of the droplet. As this reflected light leaves the droplet, it is refracted again, at multiple angles.

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