Last month’s heavy rains got us thinking about the phrase “Red sky at night night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”
What are the roots of the expression and, more importantly, is it true?
“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,” according to Everyday Mysteries. “This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.”
And “Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning,” means “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.”
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