Sailor’s Delight | Travel Photography

New Hampshire, United States of America

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors warning.” – Ancient weather folklore.

A red sky at night signifies a dry day ahead.

I believe, do you?

13 responses

  1. Love it!! In my childhood I was told ” Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning”. But I guess it’s the same, sailor or shepherd!

  2. Yeah, it’s true enough. I learned recently that the expression, in not quite the same way but the same nonetheless (if you see what I mean) actually appears in The Bible – the first known usage !

  3. It is true!!! Well mostly!!!! I had t study it in meteorology before becoming an air traffic controller.

    Weather systems move from west to east, and during dusk and dawn the sun is on such a steep angle passing through a huge thick atmosphere which does something to the colour spectrum (brain fart cannot remember specifics here but the sun is uber heavy in the red colours). Sooo… to see the reddish sky in the evening, sunlight must have a pretty darn clear path from the west to make the clouds heavy with moisture from the east light up usually means a high pressure system moving in. And then to make matters even more confusing? Clear skies in the east allows the sun to light to underbellies of the moisture bearing clouds in from the west in the morning filled with particles usually means a storm system.

    Ok… my explanation is even confusing to me!!! I stole this which uses simpler English!!! http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/weather-sailor.html

    The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the water vapor and particles in the atmosphere. 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.

    During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. We see the red, because red wavelengths (the longest in the color spectrum) are breaking through the atmosphere. The shorter wavelengths, such as blue, are scattered and broken up.

    Red sky at night, sailors delight.
    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.

    Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.
    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.

    And even at the beginning years of our calendar they used this mantra…

    Matthew 16:2-3 — [Jesus] replied, [to some Pharisees and Sadducees that wanted to “test” him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven]
    “When evening comes, you say,
    ‘It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.’

    Sorry for the science jibber!!! Stunning pictures!!!!

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