Red sky in the morning

Very often I’m up early enough to see the sunrise.  Most times, I’m in the shower or packing lunches – not really paying attention.  This morning, I happened to be making coffee and feeding the dog.  The strange light that was streaming through the back door was, low and behold, the sun!  Such a striking sight, here in sun-deprived Pittsburgh.

pink sky

But what made the light even more spectacular was the pink tint that accompanied it.  My mind immediately starts reciting “Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.  Red sky at night, sailors delight.”  My mom used to say that.  A little Google search reveals that there is truth in the saying.

A red sunrise reflects the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means a high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.

When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

A quick visit to weather.com indicates we are in for some rain or snow showers late this morning.  But I could have told you that, just by noting the morning sky!

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