The Sky At Night

red sky at night

That’s a bank of low cloud behind the houses. And it was a lovely evening, with the light turning red as the sun went down. Looking at the photo now, I wonder whether the streak of gold across the sky is the vapour trail from an aircraft? It could be because there was a flypast today to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the formation of the US Eighth Air Force.

Do you know this verse?

Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning.


  1. Josh Sanders says:

    Love the mix of purples and oranges in the sunset. Thank you for sharing!


  2. A red sky appears when dust and small particles are trapped in the atmosphere by high pressure. This scatters blue light leaving only red light to give the sky its notable appearance.

    A red sky at sunset means high pressure is moving in from the west, so therefore the next day will usually be dry and pleasant. “Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning” means a red sky appears due to the high-pressure weather system having already moved east meaning the good weather has passed, most likely making way for a wet and windy low-pressure system.


  3. JenT says:

    Really sumptuous colors in this one. About the verse, I know it with sailor, not shepherd. Hmmm.


    1. Sailor – Is that from home where you were brought up?


      1. JenT says:

        Oddly, yes.


      2. JenT says:

        and thinking about this more, who but anyone who works outdoors would be interested in that mnemonic? 🙂


        1. When deciding on a trip out, I trust the sky more than the weather forecast. That’s especially true in the UK because of our location – off the coast of a large continental land mass, surrounded by shallow seas and deep ocean, and subject to currents from the Tropics and the Arctic. I believe that the BBC weather analytics are state of the art, but they still get it wrong. Weather is so unpredictable here. One piece of always reliable advice – take an umbrella. 🙂

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