Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth are coming under the radar of meteorologists as a result of the appearance of a remarkable amount of rainbows!
The area was recently visited by members of the Meteorology Society of Ireland following reports of a higher than average presence of rainbows in the picturesque north Louth area.
The already beautiful area was so enhanced by the rainbows that it brought attention to the high numbers being noticed by locals and visitors. The coloured arcs presented amazing images over Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foy mountain. Locals reckon that during 2012, there were approximately 280 rainbows, with some days recording the appearance of two on the same day and double arced rainbows, with a high volume occurring in March and September in particular.
A rainbow is a naturally occurring phenomenon which involves the way in which rays of sunlight act on drops of water ie rain. This dispersion of light is known as a rainbow and is presented as an arc of light centred in a direction which is opposite to that of the Sun in the sky. It comprises of seven colours Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.
We are, unfortunately, aware that the soft Irish weather is ideal for the composition and production of rainbows. However, when compared against the rest of the north east, local weather conditions do not offer a reasonable explanation for the exceptional number of rainbows within the localised region.
Locals believe that it has something to do with the local leprechauns! Slieve Foy Mountain in Carlingford was awarded the Special Area of Protection for ‘Little People’ under the European Habitats Directive in 2008, and claims to be the habitat of the last 236 leprechauns in existence in Ireland.
Following the findings of the herpetologists, local representatives will give consideration to applying to the Guinness Book of Records to claim the record of the greatest number of rainbows in the world.