What the hell is wrong with the sky today?

It’s a strange amber color, occasionally venturing into blood-red-end-of-the-world. Is anybody else seeing this? It feels dimmer, or like we lost hours. The sun’s rays are exactly the way they are right before an eclipse, but we aren’t scheduled for an eclipse anytime soon.

Anyone have any theories?

10 Comments so far

  1. Jason (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    From sfgate.com


    “Fires burning around Northern California, including one more than 200 miles from San Francisco, cast an eerie pall over the Bay Area this morning, making the sunrise appear red and prompting warnings from air quality officials.”
    Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer

  2. TinMan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    Yes, Jason is correct. Particulate matter from the Plumas Fire and the Lick Fire are the culprits.

    The sky looked similar during the Oakland Hills fires. I remember those fires started on a Sunday and the 49ers were in town. The TV commentators remarked on the air that the sky was considerably darker than what showed up on the television screen since the TV cameras compensate.

  3. Poormojo (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    Well that makes a lot of sense. But I’m still going to write it up to armageddon and behave accordingly.

  4. Emily (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    I knew it! My roommate thought I was insane this morning when I was ranting about the sun being red.

  5. Jason D- (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

    Makes for great early morning photo walking! We had days like this for a few weeks in LA a few years back after the massive fires down there.

  6. N Judah Chronicles (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    the debris and smoke from the fires give the outdoors a distincly Caprica-post nuclear attack look….for all you Battlestar fans, go check out a rerun of Season 1 to see what I mean…

  7. Maureen (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    Also, the orange tone to the sky creates eerily blue shadows.

  8. Maureen (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

    Also, the orange tone to the sky creates eerily blue shadows.

  9. voncookie (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    The red sun this morning definitely made me shiver a little… and cough. The air quality is terrible! And is it just me, or does everything seem a little *subdued*?

  10. anna (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

    RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS WARNING; RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT. (from http://www.theweatherprediction.com/habyhints/139/)

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