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Rolfe describes the appearance of three rainbows and the Sun on Wednesday 2 July around 6am at Cranbrooke in Kent [England]. Includes a diagram in the text of the meteorological phenomena described by Rolfe.

The observation is likely to be related to a similar phenomenon observed by William Hodder and described in the minutes of the Dublin Philosophical Society on 14 April 1684.

Subject: Meteorology

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14 April 1684
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2 pages

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Paper, 'On a certain rainbow' by Dr Rolfe, 14 April 1684, CLP/4i/40, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 29 May 2024

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