Friday, February 15, 2008

Show & Tell {Red Sky at Morning}

Welcome to Friday Show & Tell with CanadaGirl - click on over to her place to participate and to see what others are showing today.


My week has been busy, and I haven't got any new pictures.  However, I did get a picture of the sunrise this morning.  I was so disappointed that I couldn't get a picture of the sunset last night, because it was gorgeous.  But I was driving, so probably not a good idea to try and work the camera at the same time.  Here's what I saw this morning:

Very RED for a sunRISE, I thought.  And then I remembered that in a couple of the books I'm using for our weather unit, weather myths and proverbs are discussed.  For instance,

Red sky in the morning - sailor takes warning.  Red sky at night - sailor's delight.

Here's what Our Weather and Water has to say about this saying:

This saying is very old and is even mentioned in the Bible.  Matthew 16:2-3 says, "He answered and said to them, 'When it is evening you say, "It will be fiar weather, for the sky is red"' and in the morning, "It will be foul weather today, for the sky is read and threatening."  Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.'"  Like many old sayings that have lasted, this saying is based on real science.  Red skies occur when sunlight reflects off of dust particles in dry air indicating a high-pressure system.  Because air circles the earth from west to east, the red sky in the morning means a high-pressure systems has just passed through and winds from a low pressure system are likely to bring rain.  On the other hand, red sky at night indicates a high-pressure system is just moving in and is likely to bring fair weather.

So I went to and checked - there's no rain in the forecast specifically, but there's a cold front headed this way and the forecast is for clouds today and tonight before some sun peeks out tomorrow.  I think meteorology is my favorite area of science. 


blessedwith2angels said...

What a beautiful picture of the sunset. To bad a cold front is coming through. I am ready for spring. Hope Harrison is recovering quickly!


Dot said...

Now that was pretty interesting. I love the red sky.

MamaArcher said...

very interesting about the red sky!! And an absolutely beautiful photo!


SuzyScribbles said...

I took a picture of our pink and blue sunrise this morning, too. Yours is gorgeous. My son climbed on the top of the roof to take a gorgeous one like yours a month ago. Don't they just make your day (the sunrises)?

bakerswife said...

Meteorology is a great science. I have heard of that saying since a little child but never knew the weather facts behind it. Thank you .

Mama Karen

Canadagirl said...

That was a COOL post. [0= I have always been drawn to Astronomy but I am REALLY looking forward to leaning about Weather soon. You must have a real fun hs. [0=

Sending Blessings and ((hugs)) my SSiC

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ReviewsbyHeidi said...

Thanks for sharing what you've learned about that saying~ very interesting!


job19v25 said...

Lovely photograph. I love taking pictures of the sky! What an awesome God we have.

MayTheyBeMightyMen said...

Pretty sky! It was really fun to hear the explanation behind the saying, too. My mom used to give us all kinds of sayings like those, but we didn't always get the explanation.

Thanks for sharing!

bethanyrae said...

That is too cool about that saying. I guess it really does make sense. Thanks for sharing that, and for the picture!


drewsfamilytx said...

What gorgeous colors in that picture!

blessinghill said...

What a beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing!

CrossView said...

Breathtaking! =D

I remember when we were in Hawaii and we saw lots of red sunrises. It was from the volcano eruption in the Philippines... They were gorgeous views!

ThreeLittleLadies said...

So was it good weather or bad weather that came with it?


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