FLORIDA — The skies in Florida turned several shades of purple Wednesday night after Hurricane Dorian moved up the state’s coast.
Floridians took to Twitter with gorgeous photos of the sunset.
— Alex Boyd (@alisdare8) September 5, 2019
— Nancy Gilreath (@nggilreath) September 5, 2019
— Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW (@coastalBtherapy) September 5, 2019
The phenomenon is common after hurricanes, First Coast News reports.
First Coast News reports storm expert Steve Fundaro said it happens when clouds distort ultraviolet light from the sun as it sets “as if you’re looking through a filter.”
“You’re seeing a sunset normally, but you have low clouds underneath from the hurricane that are distorting the [normal sunset] colors to make it seem purple.”