Jason and his son stepped outside to look at the breathtakingly beautiful sunset. “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors’ take warning,” Jason said.
“Are you a sailor, Daddy?” Richie asked.
“No, son. It’s just an old saying,” Jason responded.
“But is it true, Daddy?” Richie asked. “Is a red sky at night good, but one in the morning is bad?”
“It’s based upon how the prevailing winds usually blow from west to east,” Jason explained. “And since we’re looking toward the west, where the sun is setting, it’s a good sign for tomorrow’s weather.”
Richie asked the inevitable question of an eight-year-old. “Why, Daddy?”
Jason sighed. “Well,” he said, “the saying assumes that when you see the rising sun illuminating clouds in the morning, more clouds will be coming in from the west, which portends cloudy weather to follow.”
Richie looked confused, so Jason continued, “But in order to see red clouds in the evening, sunlight from the setting sun must have a clear path from the west. Therefore, the prevailing winds coming in from the west will be bringing clear skies.”
“But why, Daddy?”
“It’s just an old wives’ tale,” Jason said.
“Is Mommy an old wife,” Richie asked.
Jason looked at his watch. “Oh my, look at the time. I think I heard your mother calling us for dinner.”
Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt challenge from Sue Vincent.