This time of year you have to really start paying attention to the sky. Heading out on the ocean, the weather can change quickly. You need to plan for a safe return to port just in case. The old adage, "red sky at morning, sailors take warning" worked in this case.
|Mitlenatch Island in the Strait of Georgia|
Soon after we returned to Powell River's Westview North Harbour, rain began and the wind started picking up. The saying has been around for ages and has a scientific basis. Clear skies to the east allow the sun's rays to hit the undersides of clouds coming in from the west.
The other half of the rhyme is "red sky at night, sailors delight." Unobstructed rays herald westerly winds and clearing skies.
|Sunset up the lake.|
We get wonderful "red sky" sunsets here in Powell River. BC. -- Margy