Gateway Arch rainbow – June 14, 2018

Gateway Arch rainbow – June 14, 2018



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Yet another day in the Midwest when storms manage to beat the odds against a strong summer capping inversion, maintaining strength despite earlier forecasts for clear skies! A complex of storms fired in Iowa overnight and tracked southeast along an instability gradient all day, making it through the St. Louis metro late in the evening. I made my usual rounds to various Arch vantage points. The lightning was not very cooperative, but the rain held on just long enough for the sun’s eventual peeking through under the storms’ anvil to the west at sunset. This double rainbow was the result:

Gateway Arch rainbow, June 14, 2018
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A full late-evening rainbow in downtown St. Louis has been quite rare. There have only been 3 or 4 others since I moved here in 2010. The one I captured in May of 2010 was much more vivid, (those images are viewable here) but this one will nonetheless earn a place in my formal gallery.


The new Arch main entrance is visible in the above image. The completely-rebuilt museum, visitor center and tram access opens in less than 3 weeks, on July 3. This is a welcome sight for me, as it means no more unsightly construction, dirt piles, cranes and fences to hinder photography!


One other video frame of lightning from this storm – as I said, not very cooperative, but at least present:


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