That’s one red sunset. Darlisa snapped this picture in the Gorge Monday night September 24, 2012.
Honestly, the sunrise at my house that same morning was almost as red. Not quite–but almost. And it caught the eyes of the entire family. Even the kids stopped playing Legos (for a minute) to check it out.
All day long people were asking me, “Did you see the sunrise? What caused that.” Then Monday night others asked, “Why was the sunset so red?”
Well, you can blame it on the smoke from wildfires. Again. This time its smoke coming from Idaho and Eastern Washington. Sunday evening through Monday evening the air flow way up in our skies was from the NE. So smoke from those big fires that made it up high into the atmosphere got blown into our skies. And smoke acts like a filter–allowing bright oranges and reds to dominate and typically filtering out the yellows and pinks.
This air flow should switch for the next couple of days, helping to clear out the haze and reducing the filter effect on the sun. But by Thursday, it’s possible we could import some smoke and haze at lower levels, closer to the ground. So that may add some color back into the sunsets.
Either way, we’ve got a lot of sunshine ahead Wedneday into the weekend. Isn’t that a great way to roll this first week of fall?