Sunset in the east in La Mesa, California

Last night’s sunset was in the east!

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While I was playing chess during the Back to the ’50s classic car cruise in La Mesa Village late yesterday, everyone started running to the sidewalk, holding their cameras and smart phones up in the air, and taking pictures.

Since the cars normally are on the ground, I put my chess game on hold and went to see what all the hubbub was.

It was a spectacular sunset, but it was in the east instead of the west. Global warming?

Out in the eastern desert was one huge mass of clouds (in my native Texas it would be called a “thunderhead”) with the sun reflecting off it.

The sky was an intense blue with bright golden and purple clouds.

Sunset in the east in La Mesa, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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30 thoughts on “Last night’s sunset was in the east!

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      We don’t get too many clouds here, unless you include the daily marine layer and its overcast gray clouds. It rains rarely, and I’ve heard thunder twice in twenty years. Never seen lightning. So magnificent clouds are few and far between, and always are out in the eastern deserts. So having the sun shining on them at just the right angle during sunset is quite rare.

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  1. Bashar A.

    a lot of people were posting pictures of yesterday’s sunset… yours is the only one that explains why so many were raving about it because they didn’t do it any justice 🙂 lol

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  2. elfkat

    In August this can be an everyday occurrence if there is moisture moving in from Baja. We used to have fantastic thunderstorms at camp in all the mountains in So Cal late in the afternoon and sometimes flash floods. They build up because the mts and the desert behind form a sort of aerial dam.

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