Did you see the red sun?
hubs and I saw it. It was beautiful, we said is that the moon??? We were driving at got a glimpse at first. Went to another area, it was the sun, we assumed it was due to the fires.
They are saying this is related to fires but we didn't have fires here. It was just a regular day, going to town in the morning.
I drove a frito truck for 10 years... was always out there when the sun was coming up. I've never seen anything like this.
I don't know if it is connected, but I'll throw the grand solar minimum idea out there.
Apparently the sun goes through phases of more or less solar activity in patterns, and sometimes it's on a larger scale, hence the name "grand solar minimum."
Here's a quick article on the topic: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/04/the_coming_modern_grand_solar_minimum.html
I'm not sure if the sun is expected to look very different or what but I feel like I remember hearing it's supposed to look whiter, so who knows?
We have milky white skies with the sun turning red when near the horizon. The smoke is from the western fires. The smoke reached the jet stream which has spread it. Our local weather has incorporated smoke forecasts.
If the link works, the smoke forecast starts at 1:43.
I've grown up seeing red suns. Always in fire season. The fire may be local or distant: smoke travels on the winds, clear across the continent.
They (red suns) are a sight to behold but hard to photograph unless you have the right filter and technique (which I don't).
With all the fires burning out West and in northwestern Ontario, we have been treated to the bittersweet spectacle of red suns regularly this season (in northeastern Ontario).
Bittersweet because our joy and delight comes at the expense of someone else's tragedy and distress.
Specifically, my baby bro recently had to evacuate his home in western Canada. My red sun is courtesy of the red flames licking at his doorstep. (Latest report is that his particular fire is, blessedly, under control.)