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iN PHOTOS: Another stunning sunset in the Thompson-Okanagan

The sunset at Tower Ranch, Kelowna, Jan. 14, 2021.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Marilyn Hayduk
January 15, 2021 - 12:30 PM

Thompson-Okanagan residents captured the stunning sunset yesterday through their camera lenses and are sharing the gorgeous photos.

From Kamloops to the Okanagan, the sky was lit in a display of purples, yellows and reds yesterday, Jan. 14.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said in a previous interview with iNFOnews, the reason behind those beautiful beginnings and ends of the day are largely due to our mountainous terrain.

“It’s partly because we get cloud coming in bands into the Interior. The mountains get in the way and break the cloud up. It’s kind of like shrapnel,” he said.

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When a weather system hits the coast, it remains intact, but by the time it gets to us, it’s been torn apart by the mountains in between.

The spectacular colours are due to the sun rising or setting, shining up from below the mountains onto the surface of the clouds. Sunlight is being filtered through “a lot of atmosphere” at that point, and that gives the bottom of our valley clouds their reddish hue.

“The colours are an artifact of breaks in the clouds and the sun shining on it from below,” Lundquist said.

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Today's weather forecast for the Thompson-Okanagan region calls for mainly sunny skies, with a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow, Jan. 16.

If you got a photo of yesterday's amazing sunset, please share it with us via email at news@infonews.ca and we'll share it with our readers.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Cheryl Green

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Mike Morrison

The sunset, Jan. 14, 2021 at Monte Lake.
The sunset, Jan. 14, 2021 at Monte Lake.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Ashlynn Kruesel

The sunset in Kamloops, Jan. 14, 2021.
The sunset in Kamloops, Jan. 14, 2021.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jennifer Andres

The sunset in Peachland, Jan. 14, 2021.
The sunset in Peachland, Jan. 14, 2021.
Image Credit: Kathy Michaels

The sunset in Kamloops, Jan. 14, 2021.
The sunset in Kamloops, Jan. 14, 2021.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Stephanie LeSage

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