Hurricane Ophelia creates red sun phenomenon over Wrexham
An odd hazy sky and overly red sun is being caused by the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia bringing small particles of Saharan dust and causing the sun to glow red and orange.
Many will have seen extra dust on their car windscreens this morning, with the particles dropped with early morning rainfall.
Through the morning into midday the sky has gradually become darker as the storm moves north easterly, and starts to hit Ireland.
The technical explanation is that light is refracted and reflected in longer wavelengths therefore making it appear redder than usual.
The below image shows the track of the storm, plus the feed in of the desert dust:
— Llansadwrn Weather (@tywyddmon) October 16, 2017
Below are some pictures we’ve been tweeted this morning of the sun over Wrexham:
— joanne edwards (@snapshotjo) October 16, 2017
— Emma ❄️🐖🐄 (@EmmaaaaLW) October 16, 2017
— Fflatfourperformance (@fflatfour) October 16, 2017
— Artisan Cake Company (@artisancakes_) October 16, 2017
@wrexham the sun is looking proper freaky today, glowing red and orange colours.
— Kate (@TaffyKate) October 16, 2017
A travel warning has also been issued by police today, with winds set to hit 50mph locally early this afternoon. People are advised to take extra care and only travel if absolutely necessary.
If travelling to the North Wales coast, the gusts are set to be stronger and disruption on the roads is expected.
Thanks to Dickens Vauxhall for the top picture of the very odd sun!
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