Na­ture’s light show, a ‘shep­herd’s de­light’

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY LEE MCCANN

WEATHER ex­perts have ex­plained the sci­ence be­hind the glo­ri­ous red skies that have trans­fixed the north­east at dawn and dusk.

So­cial me­dia has been abuzz with snaps of the eye­catch­ing dis­plays at sun­rise and sun­set. Met Of­fice ex­perts told the Evening Ex­press the pho­to­genic phe­nom­e­non was called a Rayleigh scat­ter­ing – but warned res­i­dents it was un­likely to be re­peated in the com­ing days, with the Gran­ite City wak­ing up to rain to­day. A spokes­woman for the Met Of­fice said the phe­nom­e­non is caused by com­po­nents in our at­mos­phere, like oxy­gen and ni­tro­gen, be­com­ing more dense. She said: “Dur­ing sun­rise and sun­set the sun is low in the sky, mean­ing sun­light must travel through more of our at­mos­phere be­fore reach­ing our eyes. “Much of blue light, which has a short wave­length, gets scat­tered away, leav­ing be­hind more reds and yel­lows for us to see. “Ob­vi­ously the weather will play a part in how much of the sun­set we get to see and the amount of cloud when the pic­tures were taken have helped cre­ate the colour­ful sun­sets we’ve seen here this week. “There will be a colder front com­ing in within the next cou­ple of days with some medium and low cloud, which is a dif­fer­ent type of set-up from what we have had. “The sun­sets might not be as im­pres­sive as be­fore.” Lord Provost of Aberdeen Bar­ney Crock­ett has also been en­joy­ing the so­lar sen­sa­tions. He said: “Ev­ery­body in Aberdeen will al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate the lovely skies that we have. “We have an air clar­ity fac­tor that’s among the best in the world and some­times, when you get the right con­di­tions, you get the most beau­ti­ful skies, as we’ve seen in the last few days – it’s been ab­so­lutely ex­cep­tional. “It’s been recog­nised right across the world, I’ve seen it on weather re­ports and in other places in­ter­na­tion­ally. “It just goes to show what a bril­liant place Aberdeen is to live.”

Pic­ture by EE pho­tog­ra­pher Darrell Benns

A stun­ning sun­rise over Broad Street

Pic­ture by Leona Marie Maver Pic­ture by Karen Mitchell

The sun sets over Torry Red sky at night at Garthdee

Evening in Old­mel­drum Pic­ture by Michelle

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