This is why Los Angeles' sunsets have been so dramatic

April 1, 2022 – 08:04 am

The setting sun casts a golden glow as the clouds of a cold front blow into Southern California on Wednesday.The setting sun casts a golden glow as the clouds of a cold front blow into… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

As puffy clouds that looked like flames covered the cotton-candy sky Wednesday night, Angelenos checked their Instagrams from a few days earlier – the ones that looked like Monet painted them with pastels – and had a bit of a freakout: Is this our best streak of sunsets ever?

Well, probably not, says weather specialist Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

But there is a reason they’ve been so cool. The combination of clouds, smoke and dust whirling around from strong winds gives the sun lots of extra things to reflect off, he said.

“It’s particles in the air, ” Seto said. “It can create a filter, so at certain angles it can change the colors.”


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