Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight

Sunday night the sunset was a glorious red that covered the western sky to the zenith. In the Upper Midwest of the United States a red sunset is almost a sure sign that the following day will be sunny. In spite of weather forecasts for rain/snow, I hoped that this portent was true. Monday morning I awoke to overcast skies...but no precip. Sure enough, by noon the sun broke through bright and bold. According to an online weather site, a red sky at night usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. I've watched this phenomena for at least fifteen years and this little weather hint from the sun is right nearly 99 percent of the time. As for the rest of the saying, "Red sky at morning, Sailor take warning", it is not at all accurate in our part of the country. This morning forecast may be true in the land where Jesus spoke it (Matthew 16:2-3) but here in the middle of the United States the geography is different. We have no sea to the near west of us. Still, it is fascinating to me that the red sunset part of the saying is so accurate, even here. (I apologize to an unnamed online site for lifting their photo of a red sunset...I didn't have a camera last night and this image is very close to our sunset Sunday.)

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