Rainbow-colored clouds captured in skies high above New Jersey

HUNTERDON COUNTY, New Jersey (WABC) -- Mother nature gave us a beautiful show if you were able to catch it Monday morning in New Jersey.

A prism of colors decorated the blue sky in Hunterdon County.

Eyewitness News reporter Crystal Cranmore's dad, James, took a photo of the phenomenon around 11:30 a.m.

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Meteorologist Jeff Smith says the visual effect is created when sunlight goes through a very cirrus cloud.

It's so high in the atmosphere that the cloud is composed entirely of ice crystals.



Every little ice crystal acts as a miniature prism, so when light goes through it, a rainbow effect is created.

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