Saturday, 23 March 2013

Fire Sky

This winter, the morning sky has been magnificent. This is a picture of a red sky in the horizon. This picture is taken from my window. It was spectacular to the naked eye. One of the miracles of nature really. It is certainly worth waking up to this.

Over the past centuries there is an ancient rhyme often repeated my mariners

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning, sailor take warning

"The rhyme is a rule of thumb for weather forecasting, dating back over 2,000 years, based on the reddish glow of the morning or evening sky, caused by haze or clouds related to storms in the region. Due to the rotation of the Earth, from west to east, storm systems tend to travel eastward across a local region of the globe.A reddish sunrise, caused by particles suspended in the air, often foreshadows an approaching storm, which will be arriving from the West, within the day. Conversely, a reddish sunset often indicates that a storm system is on the west side (same side as the sunset), travelling away from the viewer. A similar movement is noted all around the world, in both the northern and southern hemisphere.There are occasions where a storm system might rain itself out before reaching the observer (who had seen the morning red sky). However, for ships at sea, the wind and rough seas, from an approaching storm system, could still be a problem, even without rainfall"

William Shakespeare  said something similar in his Venus and Adonis.

Like a red morn that ever yet betokened,
Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds,
Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”

In the Bible at Matthew 16:2-3, Jesus is quoted as saying,

"When in evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering."
Anyway, those are the tales behind the red sky. It is worth waking up for the fire sky. I have this theory - if you wake up to a fiery sky, your day is lit up by the light from its fire.