After a cold, dark, windy winter, the days have finally started to warm up. With Cuse's notorious unpredictability when it comes to weather, soaking up the sun, after months of it hiding behind the gray skies is a priority for all Cuse students. With the sun, and warmer weather comes a series of chaotic thoughts that all students have throughout their warm days.
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One of the things I love to do during the summer is watch sunsets. I realized, though, that I didn't know too much about them so I decided to look up some interesting facts. So the next time you look at a sunset you can impress the person you are with by your knowledge of sunset trivia.
1. Sunsets happen because of the Earth's atmosphere
If the Earth was airless, let's say, like the moon then the sun would look the same as it was dropping behind the horizon. But due to our 300 mile atmosphere, we get the scattered effect of light as the atmosphere acts as a prism.
2. The sun starts to lose color as it sets
As the sun starts dropping to the horizon it starts to lose its blue wavelength hues, then its green and yellow hues, and eventually orange, leaving only red wavelengths. That is why the sun at the end of a sunset will look like a ball of fire.
3. By the time you see the sun set, it's actually gone
Have you ever been told that some of the stars you are looking at are already dead because of the time it takes the light to travel? Well the same thing sorta happens with the sun, except the sun doesn't die every night. Again thanks to our atmosphere, which bends light, we are able to see the sun setting. If this is a little confusing, please look at the picture below.
4. Pollution causes those prettier sunsets
Sad, isn't it? It will make you think twice when you look at a stunning sunset. Smoke particles are great for filtering out colors, leaving pinks, reds, and oranges become more vivid. But if pollution gets too high, the sky will just look hazy, leaving a murky sunset that no one really appreciates. This is happening a lot in Rome due to their pollution problem.
5. "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight; red sky in morning, shepherd's take warning." This quote is actually true.
The bright, red, pure colors at night mean that the air is clear to the west and will be good weather in the morning. A red sky in the morning means that good, high pressure weather has already passed meaning low pressure weather (storms) will be coming to the east.
It's snowing one day, and the next morning you look out the window to see girls wearing tank-tops and guys walking around shirtless. Some states hold the same temperature for months on end — it's a rarity for it to dramatically drop or rise like it does other places. When it holds steady, you know exactly what to expect.
For other people who live in the states — where you never know how the weather is going to turn out — it's a roller coaster. As someone who currently lives in Illinois, I know exactly what that's like. You might have to go out and head to class or work, and you're all bundled up and it feels like the cold will never end. That weather starts to bring you down because you know it's going warm up eventually, but it's just not there yet. The days continue to drag on as you wait inside, watching out the window.
But the moment the weather finally warms up and you see the sun shining, the stress of the cold or rainy weather finally breaks down — you feel the weight lift. Even if it just is one day followed by a day just as terrible as the last, you still have that warm air to drive with the windows down and walk around in your favorite cute shorts with a short-sleeved shirt. Everyone is out, enjoying the comfortable temperature. After all, it is proven that the warmer weather does lift your spirits. This way you're not stuck in your house because it's too cold to go out.
When it's warm out, take advantage of it by doing things such as going on a walk, swimming if you have a pool, walking your dog (or cat), or starting up your garden. There are endless things to do when the weather is reasonable enough to do them. Trust me, appreciate the warmth and make an effort! Who knows when the next night day will come around?
Recapping what I said — back to what the best thing about abnormal weather is — you don't expect it. One day you're freezing and trying to get to the next class, or walking from your car to the store or to your house. Then, you're actually taking your time to enjoy being outside instead of rushing to get away from it. It's uplifting and hopeful when you walk outside, not getting hit by a gust of chilly wind.
It's good for your mental health because it's not freezing or burning day after day. You finally get to see the horizon when it comes to spring or fall. So, you know what you have to do? Go out on that nice sunny day! You may not have another chance in weeks. Let's be real, I'm currently writing this outside because it feels much better than the last few weeks we've had!