The rainbow lasted so long because of a seasonal north-east monsoon, sunlight and a slow wind speed. Photo: Chinese Culture University

TAIPEI:  A meteorologist has claimed that a rainbow appeared in the sky above Taipei for nine hours continuously on Thursday.

It is claimed to be the world’s longest-lasting rainbow which was visible from 7am to 4pm in the capital of Taiwan.

The natural phenomenon was observed by Professor Kun-Hsuan Chou, who works at the Department of Atmospheric Science of Chinese Culture University in Taipei, according to the Dailymail.

Chou had first recorded a rainbow which lasted for over six hours on November 27. “This was a gift from the sky. I was shaking when I observed a six-hour rainbow, but this was a miracle [to me], being able to capture a rainbow with such long duration, “Dailymail reported quoting Professor Chou.

He claimed that the longest lasting rainbow known to him was from 23 years ago.

Professor Chou and his team believed that the rainbow appeared on November 27 has set a new world record. He said that he would inform Taipei city council and register the discovery with the Guinness World Records.

But three days later, he and a colleague observed the record-breaking nine-hour rainbow near the university.

The appearance of the rainbows was caused by a seasonal monsoon wind which had blown from the northeast to the region. The monsoon was said to have trapped the moist air, which condensed to form clouds and rain.

–  Agencies/SETOPATI

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