The mid-level convection took on a red glow with beautiful definition of the rising turrets. As with the other cumulus clouds that day, the base of the clouds was not at the surface, but several thousand feet aloft.
As the sky darkened, I noted something else that made my jaw drop...the shadows of the clouds were being projected on the cirrus over the eastern horizon. And as the sun lowered, the shadows loomed larger and larger.
And that was not all, beams of sunlight traversed the sky from the sunset to the shadows (see below). If you were religious it was like a symbol of divine presence. One person commented to me that it looked like the hand of god with an outstretched finger. Such metaphysical matters are beyond my competence
It was quite a show and there was a whole group of us on the top of the hill at Magnuson Park watching the spectacular 360 degree display.
And as the sky darkened, shallow mid-level convection become more apparent, with the red glow of the thunderstorm cirrus behind. We were all profoundly impressed.
Why watch noisy planes when nature is putting on such a show?
This summer will be remembered for many things here is Seattle, but rarely have there been so many amazingly colorful sunsets.
2014, the Summer of Sunsets.
You will tell your grandchildren about it one day.