Sailor’s Delight

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As I drove into the vibrant orange of the morning sky on my way to visit my sister, I thought of my mom. The morning sky, regardless of colour reminds me of her saying ‘Red sky at morning sailor’s warning, red sky at night, sailor’s delight.’ As I pondered her words, I decided to look up that old adage to find where it came from, and if there was any truth to it, and boy did I open a can of worms.

The web site I chose (not wiki this time) was surprisingly from the library of congress at

First was a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays – 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.”

Then a quote from the Bible of all places in Matthew 16:1-2; “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 lowring.”

I won’t get into the technical mumbo jumbo, however, in a nutshell;

When the sun is setting through a high concentration of dust particles, this typically indicates high pressure system coming in from the west and usually good weather will follow. But, if the rising sun reflects dust particles in the morning, it is indicative that a high water content is in the atmosphere; a storm system may be moving to the east and rain is on its way.

For a better explanation, visit the aforementioned web site to get all the gory details.

Pretty cool, I say.

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