I can’t remember the last time I got so many similar, yet fabulous photos.  Perhaps you saw the breathtaking sunrise this morning. It was red, very very red, yet we are in for a beautiful, almost spring like day!  How can that be?  We all know the old saying “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning…”

A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system -good weather- has already passed, and that a weather maker or low pressure system may be moving in.  A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red indicates that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain should be on its way.

Normally, the approaching system would bring us rain by day’s end.   Not so today because of a nicely placed high pressure system over upstate New York. 

So, like they say in the real estate business, it’s all about location! 

As the warm front inched eastward overnight, it started to interact with the area of high pressure just off Cape Cod.    The dry air in the high has been wringing most of the moisture out of the system for us! 

The "red sky at night"  weather expression has very old roots. In the bible (Matthew 16:2-3), the following quote is attributed to Jesus: "When it is evening, ye say, fair weather: for the heaven is red. And in the morning, foul weather today for the heaven is red and lowering."

By the way, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, red sky in the morning, sailor take warning” is accurate 97% of the time and is by far the most well-known weather saying in North America.

So the 3% of the time, when the weather saying is wrong, it’s wrong right here in Atlantic Canada.  Bragging rights perhaps…



Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day