Rainbows Galore in Lake Placid and Weekend Outdoor Recreation Report

Rainbows Aren’t Free – New York State Continues Muddy Trail Advisory

Lake Placid Double Rainbow

A double rainbow brightens the Lake Placid sky.

If you are like me, a rainbow is a welcome sight. The magical happy ending to spring showers, a rainbow brightens the rainiest days. Despite their supernaturally sudden appearance and spectacular beauty however, rainbows are not the result of fantastic alchemy. It’s just science: A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction, and dispersion of light in water droplets.

The key words for our purposes today is “water droplets.” That would be rain. And since we are on the topic of words, we should remember we need rain to make the colorful bow. There have been a lot of rainbows in the Adirondack Mountains this spring because it has been a very rainy spring.

Lake Placid Rainbow

This fluorescent rainbow did not lead to a pot of gold in the Adirondack Mountains, but it did inspire awe. Priceless.

It has been so rainy in fact, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) continues to warn hikers of high water and muddy and wet trail conditions. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts be advised, the weather forecast calls for a chilly, rainy weekend in the Adirondack Mountains. If you plan to hike in the Adirondack High Peaks this weekend, please be prepared and abide the official NYS recommendations.

Click on the photos for a larger version of these completely natural rain rewards; no filters.

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