Spectacular sunrise and sunsets uncommon in August

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Consider it a consolation prize for putting up with a dreary start to summer that is only now showing signs of promise.

Beautiful sunrises and sunsets in Ohio reflect all the added moisture that reflects and scatters light dramatically when the sun is low on the horizon. As the sun rises overhead, particles scatter “white sunlight” to create a blue sky. At sunrise and sunset, a low sun angle leaves little blue light and we get the vibrant red and orange hues, enhanced by patchy clouds.

Since early June, rain has fallen on nearly twice as many days in Central Ohio compared to dry ones, a figure not lost on swimming pool managers, baseball managers, and anyone planning to attend an outdoor event.

An expanding pool of warm water in the tropical Pacific–El Nino–is adding some extra energy to a normally sluggish summertime jet stream, which has been hanging around Ohio at a time when the upper-level steering currents normally retreat toward the Canada border.

 

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