While Florida was able to avoid any serious issues with Hurricane Dorian, it was quite the scare. That being said, it left something as it moved forth that had everyone in awe.
Something known as scattering happened as a result of this storm and it is one of the most beautiful things many of us will ever get to see. Basically scatter is something that happens when small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays. That in itself leads them to change the color of the sunset and in some cases sunrise. Because of this scattering, the sunset skies Florida saw in the evening of all of this were a beautiful lavender/purple color.
WFLA wrote as follows in regards to this peculiar spectacle and why sunsets are usually yellow-ish in color:
“Because the sun is low on the horizon, sunlight passes through more air at sunset than sunrise during the day, when the sin is higher in the sky. More atmosphere means more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light away from your eyes. If the path is long enough, all of the blue and violet scatters out of your line of sight. The other colors continue on their way to your eyes. This is why sunsets are often yellow, orange, and red.”
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While Dorian was a devastating challenge for the Bahamas and is still moving forth, the purple sunset was truly captivating and a moment of peace for those who were terrified through all of this. Those who live in Florida took to social media sharing some of the most mind-blowing images of this interesting phenomena and each one gets better and better. These low-level clouds made things so much more violet that there was no real yellow or red colors insight
— Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW (@coastalBtherapy) September 5, 2019
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— tefâni (@tefaniXR) September 5, 2019
Isn’t this a marvelous sight? I for one wish I could have seen it in person. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this, and we all hope it’s not the last, moments like these remind us how truly fantastic Mother Nature is.