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Sunrise Special -- September Style!

Looking at the early morning satellite, I had a feeling we'd be in for a colorful sunrise.{ } A disturbance off to the south had ushered in some mid and high level clouds.{ } It was a perfect recipe for a brilliant sunrise.{ }

Steve Chenevey - Washington, D.C.

To see all the colors of the rainbow, watch the video time lapse below.{ } Notice how quickly the colors change, as the sun angle gets higher.

The reason we enjoy such colorful sunrises is because{ }the sunlight scatters through the lowest layer of the atmosphere.{ }

During sunrise and sunset, sunlight has{ }to take a longer path through the atmosphere due to the low sun angle. { }During this process, molecules scatter the blue and violet light away from our eyes revealing many other colors of the rainbow.{ }

When mid and high clouds are added to the mix, the sunlight is scattered and reflected more, which aids in the deep red and orange hues visible during these times.{ }

Since the sun angle is much lower in the fall and winter, sunrises and sunsets are even more brilliant.{ } This morning was a perfect example of everything coming together.{ } Check out these incredible images taken by our StormWatch7 Facebook and Twitter friends.{ } Thanks to everyone for sharing!

Kelly Spore - Frederick, MD Michelle Barnhill - Deale, MD Donna Davis - Culpepr, VA

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Brianne Carter - Washington, D.C. Alex Liggitt - Fairfax, VA Rachel Salerno - Washington, D.C. Paul Bianco - Annapolis, MD

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