I can say, though, that I've witnessed many of these extraordinary summer sunsets this July - and it's worth looking up for yourself some night soon to see if it's happening again. Believe me, the phenomenon is very much out of the norm. More typically, twilight at this time of year gives us mostly varied shades of blue. When there's no evening rain, we normally would find banks of bulky white clouds low on the horizon piling themselves into grand towering formations, shifting through a palette of blues and then purples before turning black as the sun disappears. I've blogged about that summer sight in the past.
But Summer 2014 so far has offered something else along with those billows of blue cloudbanks. Just the other night, for instance, I sat sipping a cocktail at around 7:30pm as the light show began with the usual blue-and-purple hues wrapped around segments of otherwise white clouds. By around 8 or so, the real color kicked in. To the west, vibrant oranges sifted throughout whole columns of cloud, with those intense oranges soon followed by bright reds that seeped across the sky toward the ocean. Three long horizontal streaks of red hung in the north then, each directly above the other like lines on a page, hovering motionless for perhaps ten minutes or more. Then the streaks quickly evaporated from view as the cloud columns faded to indigo - and, as always happens, the light show ended for at least another day. Will there be a new show tonight? Tomorrow? I really can't tell you. But as a longtime resident in this part of the world, I can remind you now and then that it's worthwhile to turn your attention skyward in South Florida. Your text message will wait as you check out something very different from any info on your smartphone. It's called nature, my friend, and you find it sometimes simply by looking overhead.