'Red sky at night, sailors' delight' is it True?

Posted by on Friday, June 24, 2016

We've all heard the adage 'Red sky at night, sailors' delight; red sky in the morning sailors take warning.' But is there any science to back it up?

Turns out yes there is some aspect of science to it. Weather systems in the mid-latitudes typically travel west to east. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, a rising sun in advance of an approaching weather system would illuminate the approaching mid- and high-level clouds to create a red sky in the morning.

If the sun sets as a weather system exits and high pressure is building in, then the departing clouds would be illuminated. This would create a red sky at night with fair weather to follow. 

The Team

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