Sunday, February 25, 2024

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At the time of this writing, it was too cloudy to see anything so let’s go back to the topic of weather proverbs. There are many popular sayings that reference weather. A very old saying is: “It’s raining cats and dogs.” And though there’s been instances of fish raining, there’s never been any instances of cats or dogs pouring down. However, there’s another weather proverb that I stumbled across when researching the ring around the moon, it’s “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” Please note that it’s a weather proverb and not a saying, meaning there’s truth to it. This saying is so old that it has roots from the Bible (Matthew 16:2-3).

The way we see colors in the clouds is similar to how we see the ring around the moon, light is hitting ice particles or dust and is bent when it passes through it and the color is determined by the size of the wavelength. Red has the longest wavelength while blue has the shortest.

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