Sunday, August 5, 2007

Good night, sweet prince ;-)

taken from the lanai through the screen

Is the old adage “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning” true, or is it just an old wives’ tale?

According to the Library of Congress, within limits, there's truth to it.

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 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.

As you can see, our drought continues...

16 comments:

Kate said...

Lovely photo, Isabella. "Good night, sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." Sentimental me used to say that to my toddler son at bedtime, lo so many years ago!!

Nikon said...

Nice shot, Isabella, I hope that you get the rain.

Moi said...

beautiful skies....even if they dont bring rains..but i really hope u get rains....we had our fair share of them two days back...it's dry weekend though!!!

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful photo.

Frank said...

It's morning here and I have just seen your sky, does that mean rain for us or do we have to look at our own sky.
I'll go get some coffee and be right back.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a nice photo. Looks tropical, which it is. I used to see some very pretty sunsets and sunrises in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Wow.

Abraham Lincoln
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Lavenderlady said...

Very nice photo and the information you shared is very interesting...I guess there is something to most old adages.

Carol said...

I miss Florida!

Sonia said...

Wonderful picture! Well done, Isabella!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

I assume that with a red sunset it may rain or not (and drought continue, sigh).

To reply to your yesterday question is quite difficult because percentage of people with air cond in Italy (not only in Torino) increase... Daily. In Torino I suppose that could be the 30% of families to have one

Peter said...

So, let's see if we get a red sky morning photo soon!

It's amazing how we all talk about too much rain or not enough! Nobody has got a normal season?

Dijah said...

I think I saw a red sky yesterday when the sun set.But I'm sure it would be raining here in Malaysia.We've been having rain since the end of last month.

Olivier said...

ta photo est belle comme un poeme. Les lumieres sont sublimes

your photograph is beautiful like a poem. The lights are sublimes

Jilly said...

Absolutely beautiful photograph. I imagine most of our sayings like 'red sky' have a base in reality but it's good to know the scientic reason.

Funnily enough the title quotation reminds me of death as I've heard it used in eulogies at funerals including one where I used it.

We need rain too...

Felicia said...

Lovely photo - I wouldn't have know it was through the screen! We could use some rain here too...

GMG said...

Beautiful picture. Didn't even had time see how was it during the weekend :(
Answering Peter's query, this is a weird season, and the anti-ciclone from Azores is probably not the only one to be blamed...