93 / 73
      91 / 73
      92 / 74

      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

      { }

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