PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Beta’s clouds lead to gorgeous Saturday sunset
ROANOKE, Va. – Many of you took note of the sunset Saturday evening and sent us some gorgeous pictures. Full Screen 1 / 24 Mark Matthews - WythevilleThis was all due to the clouds streaming in off Tropical Storm Beta. Satellite imagery from around sunset Saturday shows those clouds drifting off the storm. Satellite and radar imagery of Tropical Storm Beta from 9/19/2020These clouds were around airplane level. At this level, the air was so cold that the clouds were made primarily of ice crystals (cirrus clouds).
Smoke from western wildfires makes for eerie sunset past two evenings
ROANOKE, Va. – As we wrote about Tuesday, smoke from the wildfires out west made its way to our sky. This, thankfully, has not had a negative impact on our health or air quality. It is, however, creating more haze in the sky and preventing us from heating up much. The smoke particles are also enough to block out a portion’s of the sun’s light, which creates for an eerie and odd-looking sunset. Several of your pictures in the gallery below show that.
PHOTO GALLERY: Saharan dust starts as a dud, surprises with Sunday sunset
ROANOKE, Va. – Saturday’s sunset was a huge, and I mean HUGE, letdown for many of us. The dust was there, but so was a wall of clouds. You spend a whole week forecasting dust. Then, a Cinderella story came out of nowhere to take them down. Below is the photo gallery we put together of all of your pictures, from the disappointment on Saturday to the excitement on Sunday.
Pin your pics! Vibrant sunrises, sunsets possible through the weekend
ROANOKE, Va. – Be sure to send any pictures you get to Pin It or to our social media platforms. Outside of the possibility for slightly poorer air quality, this suppresses tropical development and can produce vibrant sunrises and sunsets. Tracking Sahara dust - Saturday morningThroughout the day Saturday, we’ll notice more haze high up in the sky thanks to an increased amount of dust thousands of feet above us. Tracking Sahara dust - Saturday eveningThe Saharan dust outlook for Sunday is entirely dependent on storms or cloud debris from storms to our north. What the "Omega block" means for our weatherThis kind of pattern may very well last into the 4th of July weekend.
Dust from Sahara Desert likely to create beautiful sunrises, sunsets next week
ROANOKE, Va. – Make sure to send your sunrise and sunset pictures any time to Pin It! With that plume over the Gulf and Caribbean, that decreases our likelihood of a developing tropical system next week. The dust is just another group of particles that can add color to a sunrise or sunset. Forecast data indicates a plume of dust from the Sahara traveling toward the Caribbean and southern/southeastern U.S. next week. This could at least limit tropical development, but it could also make for very nice sunrises and sunsets.