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WEATHER BLOG: Saturday night sunset

Saturday evening produced a beautiful sunset around the region!

Posted: Dec 7, 2019 11:29 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Saturday evening (12/07/19) produced a beautiful sunset around the region! Take a look at the gallery of photos.

The reason the sunset was so spectacular has to do with physics! Gases in the atmosphere, the water droplets that make up the clouds, dust and haze all scatter sunlight when it hits the little particles! You can read more about scattering of sunlight here and here!

When the sun is overhead (and there's little cloud cover), the sunlight travels a shorter distance. So, light wave's associated with the color blue don't scatter as quickly, so the sky appears blue in the afternoon.

Since the sun is at a low angle at sunset and sunrise, the sunlight travels through much more of the atmosphere and takes longer to hit your eyes, giving more time for those blue colors to scatter, leaving the yellows and oranges behind! Add in the clouds reflecting the sunlight and doing some scattering themselves and you get some of the most beautiful sunsets!

If you have any weather photos to share, you can use the Share It feature on our website or on social media. Make sure to put your name, location the photo was taken, and the date and time!

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