Sunsets and Red Skies at Night


Red sky at night, sailor’s delight,

Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning

Ever heard that old saying and wondered if it was just a folk tale or true? According to the Library of Congress’ “Everyday Matters” article, it actually has a grain of truth, all wrapped up in the convergence of light moving through the atmosphere, dust and moisture particles, and the typical movement of weather from west to east. (The entire article gives the full explanation of the scientific reasons behind the phenomenon.)

During the summer here in St. Augustine, we’re fortunate to have a number of those red skies as part of our beautiful sunsets. The sun sets behind the skyline of the Old City and a relaxing boat ride to see it from the water can be, well, pretty delightful : )