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Our "Green Flash" get trumped by "Northern Lights"

You regular readers know that we see the green flash quite often as the sun lowers itself into the ocean on our clear nights.  Rox and I were born in California and are very familiar with ocean fog (pretty much rolls in about 3pm each day), however, we have never had one day of fog here,  in over three years...

So, we are still excited to see the green flash, and discuss it a lot.  I was going to attach a description of how it works by the smart folks, but they all seem to get too wrapped up in detail, and missed the big picture.  Here is my take on it.  Remember Mr. ROY G. BIV, which is how our third grade teacher taught us to remember the colors of the spectrum (rainbow).  Well that means, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, which pretty much is the limit of what we can see with our own eyes.

Now...when the sun drops into the sea, the refraction and dispursion of the shorter Red, Orange, and Yellow rays, makes them invisible to you, and what is left is GREEN!  But...only for a second (hence the word flash).  This works best with NO FOG, and almost no clouds, obviously.

Well, our sister in Law, Vee, who lives in Dallas, sent us some photos from the arctic (Yellow Knife)...so take a look...

 

 

 

Now all of that was enough to make her point, even though, I had to also include a shot of the thermometer...

 

Now,  minus 37 degrees F is not shorts weather...But, she certainly got my attention by sending the following picture, and I would love to give credit to this photographer, in huge bold letters, if I knew who it was...

 Here is the description of this great shot...

THIS IS A FIRE RAINBOW - THE RAREST OF ALL NATURALLY OCCURRING ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA. THE PICTURE WAS CAPTURED    ON THE IDAHO, WASHINGTON BORDER. THE EVENT LASTED ABOUT 1 HOUR. CLOUDS HAVE TO BE CIRRUS, AT LEAST 20K FEET IN THE AIR, WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ICE CRYSTALS AND THE SUN HAS TO HIT THE CLOUDS AT PRECISELY 58 DEGREES.

 I should add that our Green Flash has a chance of occuring right at cocktail hour every night of the year--'cause our days are all the same length...

Ler me think...Does standing around in shorts and tees, with a cold one in my hand, looking out over the warm ocean waves, while waiting for the little one second green flash, trump the Northern Lights--No, not in PHOTOS, but OH HELL YES, in REAL LIFE!!!

Posted on Sat, April 23, 2011 at 09:47AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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