Red Sky In The Morning – Skywatch Friday #16

by Larry Jordan on October 30, 2008

Sailors Take Warning, Red Sky At Night, Sailor’s Delight is how the rest of the saying goes.  The ancient proverb began long before humans could predict the weather with any accuracy and we relied on observation to try to decipher what kind of day we would have.

The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions.  They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.  We see the longer red wavelengths of light travelling through the thickest part of the atmosphere at sunrise and sunset, when the sun is low on the horizon, denoting an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture.

Storms and rains usually move from west to east. A reddish sky around sunrise means a lot of water vapor already present in the atmosphere. As clouds come in from the west, rainy weather is thus expected. This explains why “Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning”.

A reddish sky near dusk means that weather has improved in the upstream area to the west. Sunlight scattered by the atmosphere is reflected by clouds, making the sky red. As the clouds overhead have moved eastward, the weather is expected to improve. That explains why “Red sky at night, sailors delight”.

When I got up this morning and saw this gorgeous sky I was exstatic, knowing we should be getting some rain here by tonight 😉  See more great photos at Skywatch Friday

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Reluctantfarmchik October 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Wow – red in the morning certainly paid off for us! Hope your rain comes/came. Nice post.

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Photo Cache October 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Simply awesome. The red is so vibrant.

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Louise October 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm

That is a spectacular red sky! Wonderful capture!

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East Gwillimbury WOW! October 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm

I’m glad your glad. 😉 Nothing like a good rain when it’s needed.


Brit' Gal Sarah October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Beautiful and stunning shot

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Larry October 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and yes, it is raining right now! Yeah!


Liza Lee Miller October 30, 2008 at 8:26 pm

What a lovely picture. That red sky is lovely.

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Thomas October 30, 2008 at 9:37 pm

I have rarely seen a red sky in the morning…and thanks for the interpretation on this.

The image is really beautiful

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Faye Pekas October 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Amazing colors in this sky. The sailers around there better take extra extra care.

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naturegirl October 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Beauty in a red sky! I have memories of a French sky as my SWF.
Different way to secure comment…math.Q!!

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Wren October 31, 2008 at 5:02 am

I always forget the second part of the saying – thanks for a stunning photo that’s also a good visual reminder. And as you say, if you need rain, a sailor’s warning can be a blessing.


Snapshutter October 31, 2008 at 5:06 am

Nice capture of the morning sky.

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Patty October 31, 2008 at 8:08 am

Beautiful sky!
Happy Friday to you and Happy Halloween

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Margy October 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm

A beautiful sky for sure. We had a gorgeous sunset three nights ago and I didn’t have a camera. I should know better than to go out without one. I invite you to come meet Mr. Boo for a Halloween wish. – Margy

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chrissym October 31, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Gorgeous red sky. I would be thrilled to wake up to that sky too. Very pretty.

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Brad October 31, 2008 at 6:43 pm

The colors are fantastic and the site is very interesting.

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Gretchen October 31, 2008 at 8:25 pm

What a beautiful photo.

Hope everyone is having a Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

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Klaus November 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Excellent colors, Larry! A wonderful sight!
Very good post and Video in the previous post, as well!
Cheers, Klaus


skylark November 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm


(and thanks for stopping by my blogs)

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