NJ photographer captures rare quintuple rainbow



Amateur photographer John Entwistle certainly looks like a pro with what he caught. Scientists call it a supernumerary rainbow. You and I would call it a quintuple rainbow.

This photo has garneredworldwide attention. It was taken as the remnants of Hurricane Florence passed over New Jersey. John lives in Farmingdale and was looking out his back deck when he saw this. He says he wasn’t sure what he was looking at but knew it was something special.

While double and triple rainbows are exciting to see, they aren’t nearly as rare as what this was. Supernumerary rainbows are made of one brilliant, main rainbow followed by multiple others. Supernumerary rainbows with two or three are even common enough, but five is almost unheard of.