Nature’s light show, a ‘shepherd’s delight’
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.”
A stunning sunrise over Broad Street
The sun sets over Torry Red sky at night at Garthdee
Evening in Oldmeldrum Picture by Michelle