Sunset after Hurricane Ophelia (Brighton)

We din’t get the hurricane, but the effect of Ophelia as it passed to the west of the UK was to bring some stunning weather events as it carried dust and sand from the Iberian Peninsula and the Sahara. Mid-afternoon the skies darkened as the dust blotted out the sun. People stopped work to watch as a dull reddish darkness transformed the sky. Later, the skies cleared and by sunset it was clear. But the colours remained.

These sunset shots are taken overlooking the South Downs from just outside Brighton. The tower on the left is the Whitehawk transmitter. To the right is the i360 tower reaching up over the horizon.

Weather following Hurricane Ophelia turned skies red with dust from the Iberian Peninsula and Sahara desert.

Whitehawk transmitter and i360.

A marmalade sky

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. derwandersmann October 17, 2017 at 4:43 am #

    Amazing shots, Paul! I was wondering how much disturbance you’d get.

  2. Aurora J Stone October 17, 2017 at 7:12 am #

    The marmalade sky is extraordinary.

  3. Darko October 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Did you see the Blade Runner 2049? Looks almost like the same scenery 🙂

    • Words October 28, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

      Have yet to see the new Blade Runner, but plan to do so at some point. Must re-visit the original first though!

  4. Adele October 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    Beautiful, dramatic and just a little eerie. Surrey turned sepia. It was like walking around in a Victorian photograph.

  5. Words October 28, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

    Thanks for the comments. That was a very strange day indeed.