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Is There Truth Behind "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight?"

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Red sky There is some truth behind the saying, "red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in the morning, sailor's take warning."

Almost everyone has heard the old saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning.”

It is often used at sunrise and sunset to signify the changing sky and the weather that will follow. The saying is referenced in the bible and sometimes refers to shepherds rather than sailors. But is there any truth behind the saying?

Science points to yes. Generally, weather systems or storms travel from west to east. In the morning, the sun rises in the east, and in advance of an approaching weather system would illuminate the storm clouds. This creates the red sky in the morning. Throughout the day, there would be a better than average chance of a storm. 

In contrast, when the sun sets in the west as storm clouds are departing and pressure is building, then the sun would illuminate the departing clouds. This creates the red sky at night and fair weather the following day.

However, there are always exceptions. Sometimes, storms travel south to north and then the saying would not hold true.

Storms can happen anytime, day or night, with or without a red sky in the morning. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always prepared to handle any type of storm and the damage that might occur. We are known for our commitment, experience, and quickness to any size disaster.

We are happy to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you have any questions, or need our help, call us today at (330) 609 8543

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