Moody blue sunrise at Camelot-by-the-Sea this morning
"Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning. Red sky at night, sailor's delight" goes the wisdom of the sea.* We learned it at The Old Salt's knee, and checking out the NOAA forecast, we note that today's meteorologists, with their cutting-edge technology, come to pretty much the same prognostication:
Patchy morning fog. Otherwise considerable clouds with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms this afternoon may contain strong gusty winds. Highs around 80. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
An hour or two after sunrise, blue skies are starting to break through the dissipating fog. As we used to say in our salad days cruising Down East -- and now often repeat ironically on days when we know the fog is here for the long haul -- "Typical summerish. It's going to burn off."
*The scientific explanation, from PageWise:
A red sky at night means dry weather is on the way. The sky is red because the sun is shining through dust particles being pushed ahead of a high pressure system bringing in dry air. If you see a red sky in the morning, be sure to take your umbrella when you leave the house. The red color in a morning sky is also caused by sun shining through dust particles, but the dust is being pushed out by an approaching low pressure system that is bringing in moisture. This particular weather lore goes back to biblical times.** Check out Matthew 16:2-3 in the New Testament of the Bible to see for yourself.
Update: **Lordy heavens:
1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.