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Brilliant Yet Scary Skies in California Jul 15, 2017

Wildfires are a scary sight, even when they are miles away from your home.  But did you know the smoke can actually create some stunning colors in the sky at sunset?

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Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara, CA

There’s a reason why the skies turn certain colors and you can notice it more especially at sunset.  Smoke particles are larger than air particles and so shorter wavelengths which include violet, blue, and yellow light are scattered away.

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View of smoke from the Whittier Fire in Goleta, CA.

The only wavelengths that are left are longer ones, red and orange light.  Once those wavelengths reach your eyes, the sky appears to be those colors.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo

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