“Red October”

Sunset on a fall evening in Northern New Mexico (2016)

The Story …

I keep a close eye on the weather and atmospheric conditions every day. There is some predictability of how “good” the sunrise or sunset will be when I know what the cloud layers are likely to be when the sun is low.

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The Science…

Sunsets in New Mexico are often vibrant with rich colors. The clean, dry air here is excellent for observing how air molecules scatter away cooler colors, leaving warmer colors at low sun angles. You can read more about why the colors of New Mexico skies are so striking here.

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