Sunday, January 13, 2013

Red sky at night - Weather lore

Thought this was something neat to share on weather lore. 
My parents taught me this saying when we would have a beautiful sunset in The Bahamas. Red sky at night, sailor's delight, Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. 
It is neat the different wording on weather lore depending on where you are.

Morning red gives wet days,
Evening red gives sweet days"
Morgenrøde gir dage bløde.
Kveldsrøde gir dage søde.
Norwegian sunset
True lore, and why Red sky at night
A red sunset probably means dry weather the next day.
In North America:
Red sky at night, sailor's delight,
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
In Great Britain and Ireland:
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight,
Red sky in morning, shepherd's warning.
As well as other variations, such as this one from Denmark/Norway, which translates to "Morning red gives wet days, Evening red gives sweet days":
Morgenrøde gir dage bløde.
Kveldsrøde gir dage søde.
Italian variation, which translates to "Red at night, good weather is hoped, red in the morning bad weather approaches" goes as:
Rosso di sera, bel tempo si spera,
rosso di mattina mal tempo si avvicina.
A Dutch variation is:
Avondrood, morgen mooi weer aan boord,
Ochtendrood, vanavond water in de sloot.
A French variation, which translates to "Red at night, great hope, Red in the morning, rain on the way," goes:
Rouge le soir, bel espoir,
Rouge le matin, de la pluie en chemin.
Weather systems typically move from west to east, and red clouds result when the sun shines on their undersides at either sunrise or sunset.[6][7] At these two times of day, the sun's light is passing at a very low angle through a great thickness of atmosphere commonly known as The Belt of Venus. The result of which is the scattering out of most of the shorter wavelengths — the greens, blues, and violets — of the visible spectrum, and so sunlight is heavy at the red end of the spectrum. If the morning skies are red, it is because clear skies to the east permit the sun to light the undersides of moisture-bearing clouds coming in from the west. Conversely, in order to see red clouds in the evening, sunlight must have a clear path from the west in order to illuminate moisture-bearing clouds moving off to the east. There are many variations on this piece of lore, but they all carry the same message.
Matthew 16:2b–3 -- [Jesus] replied, [to some Pharisees and Sadducees that wanted to "test" him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven]
"When evening comes, you say,
'It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.'
And in the morning,
'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.'
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."
Shakespeare, in his poem Venus and Adonis wrote:
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.

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1 comment:

  1. I was just going through our blog's followers, and saw you for the first time. You have a beautiful family! I'm looking forward to following your blog...not too often that I run into another Floridian here in Norway. :-)



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